Research implies that teens should get at least eight to nine hours of night sleep for their good health. Various sponsors such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and Centers for Disease Control have the strong advice on why schools should start later. Nevertheless, by being able to sleep more before school starts, students will be able to become well rested, more attentive in classroom settings, and better learners. Firstly, millions of middle and high schoolers are fighting with their alarm clocks as they go through another educational school year. Most of them struggle to get up early, and parents scuffle to get them out of bed and off to school.
Starting school later for high school students is important because studies have shown that more sleep for teens is key for their developing brains. The National Sleep Foundation recommends teenagers to get more than 9 hours of sleep per night, while the average teenager only gets 6 and a half. The cause of this is we have lives, after school we have sports and clubs, some of us have jobs until 9pm or 10pm and then we finally get home. After we get home we have homework from 9 to 11 and then we go to bed. In a school wide survey I conducted with 222 students surveyed I asked the question “Would you support school starting later?” 65% of students said yes they would.
Everybody on this planet can agree that sleep is a beautiful thing. Whether your an adult, a baby, a younger, or an older child, it seems pretty clear that everyone of us can agree that we need more sleep throughout the week. Kids should have there schools start at a later time because that means more sleep! Although many of our bodies don't want to fully go to bed early, we still may want to have more time to sleep in the morning. Kids that have activities outside of or after school, get home late enough, along with sometimes loads of homework, and don't get to bed until an unnecessary late time.
Starting school later can actually improve your learning, health and even your attitude and all of that can be changed by just starting school at 8:30AM. Kids don't start taking in information until 8:30AM because that is when the brain starts to really work. According to National sleep foundation ¨ teenagers are naturally inclined to stay up later and get up later in the morning.¨ ¨Starting school at 8:30 improves a student's chance of success,¨ according to the (National sleep foundation). Not only do teens want to sleep more, but sleeping more actually improves their health. If schools were too just delay school by 30 minutes it would improve the student's health and grades.
High school starts at 7:30 in the morning in most places. High school students typically get up an hour before or earlier in order to get ready for the day ahead. High schools should begin classes an hour later so that students may have more rest so they may be more aware and more likely to learn. If school began an hour later this would let students get more sleep, as they would more than likely continue to go to bed at the same time they do currently. “Research shows that teenagers’ body clocks are set to a schedule that is different from that of younger children or adults.
Many people argue whether school start times should stay the same or become later in the day. Most students already don't get enough sleep during the night and that can affect their learning experience in school (Wahlstrom). However some positive effects can still come from waking up early in the morning and getting to school around the same time. Although good can come from waking up early in the morning and sleeping in, students still need later school starting times to improve their overall health. Teenagers need more time to sleep based on the development of their brains.
Accordingly, by asking students to remain in classes for an extra two hours a day, school systems are requesting more devotion from teenagers who cannot focus for lengthy periods of time due to their developing brains. To complete the matter further, the excision of Fridays from the school schedule would also cause teenagers to lose precious hours of sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, teenagers require around 8 to 10 hours of sleep in order to function at full capacity; otherwise, they will not be productive in school (National Sleep Foundation n.d.). How can overscheduled teenagers attend sports practice or club meetings, finish all of their homework, and perform any family or job obligations in such a short period of time? Assuming a student arrives home from school and immediately begins to accomplish his list of tasks, he would have only three hours to do so if he were aiming to obtain the recommended levels of sleep.
Sleep deprivation takes a toll on these students physically, academically and emotionally. Schools during the mid-twentieth century began around nine o'clock in the morning (Crelin 1). The creation of bus schedules led to earlier school start times during the latter half of the twentieth century and now some schools start as early as 7:20 a.m (Crelin 1). It is important to understand how sleep works in order to understand how a lack of it causes damage to the body. While we are awake, neurotransmitters keep us focused.
Day after day students have to drag themselves out of bed extremely early in order to make it to school on time, and as students get older, schools start even earlier and it makes them more exhausted than ever. Many schools around the country start before the recommended time of 8:30 am, particularly high schools which start the earliest. Starting school so early takes a toll on adolescents’ health, sleep schedules, and concentration, which can result in poor academic achievement and safety issues. High schools around the country should push back their school start times in order to provide safe and healthy conditions for students and boost their academic performance. Adolescents need about 8-10 hours of sleep a night in order to be getting a full night’s sleep; however, majority of high school students don’t get anywhere near that.
There has been polls that prove that starting school later on in the day will help adolescents physically and mentally. This proves that it would make teens lives easier since research was conducted and it was also proved school starting later will benefit us teens. We always need the best for teens, especially when at school. Lastly ¨Support for sleeping in? Half of parents favor later school start times for teens¨ also states, ¨Teenagers are chronically sleep-deprived and that can negatively impact their health and well-being.¨ If we simply switched the time school starts by an hour or so, teens would have a healthier mindset and wellbeing.
If the schools started later in the day absences would drop. Students being late is a big problem in their grades. Kids wake up early in the morning because sometimes their schools start early. When they wake up early in the morning their body still says that it is time to sleep. If we have classes that are later than kids will attend school more and get more sleep.
If high schools started later, students could spend more time in school while they were wide awake. A third reason for classes to start later is the physical and mental health of teenagers. A study by the Sleep Foundation Organization showed that increased sleep can reduce the likelihood of depression, metabolic defects, and obesity. It can also increase productivity, attentiveness, mood, and grades. Due to early school start times, teens are experiencing serious health problems.
Kids can get a lot more sleep at night. Absences can drop 15% because many kids get more sleep. Kids will not fall asleep in class because they got more sleep. Kids can not get distracted, and kids won’t have to wake up early in the morning. Less kids will miss school because some kids will miss school when they don’t get enough sleep, and kids will be able to get a little more than 8 hours sleep so they won’t face slew problems, and kids can get to school on time.
There are many reasons why school starting later will help students focus better on work. First of all, since the kids get more sleep, they won’t be so tired in the morning and will improve on work. Regarding this, Kids need up to 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep in order to be able to be prepared for the day. In addition, ⅔ of high school students only get 7 or less, hours of sleep. Another reason why school starting later will help students