Many early starting high schools have changed their starting times because students grades were dropping and they were not as prepared and focused. The start time here at Mentor is affecting the student 's grades and overall mental health, however, there are many ways that we can fix this issue. Mentor High School starts at 7:22 A.M. and at that time the sun is still rising so some students have to walk to the bus stop in the dark. With extracurricular activities, sports, and homework most students do not have time to relax and spend time with friends and family. According to the national sleep foundation it is natural that teenagers are not able to fall asleep before 11 P.M.
This needs to be changed because so many children miss out on school lessons that may be beneficial and when they do the make up work for it they don’t get the same learning experience. Adding extra time in the morning should be able to build up a child’s health and that can change the amount of nonattendance in school records drastically. There are many psychological effects of sleep deprivation in attendance such as that students will lack motivation to learn, anxiety levels will start to rise, and even depression will show up in some cases. Sleep is very important to put on a good performance in and out of the classroom and if students don’t have the right motives, they will not do their best. Fatigue from sleep only encourages their bodies to shut off, making more and more students feel sick, tired, ache, and hurt.
Only 20% of adolescents are getting the recommended 9 hours of sleep.Adolescent have later sleep schedules than adults which makes them not able to fall asleep till 11 pm. With school starting less than 8 hours away. Adolescent are not getting the sleep they need. Yet this problem has not been solved. Early school starting times negatively affect High school students; therefore schools should start later.
Sleep is an enormous part of growth, health, and prevention of stress, think about what happens when you lack sleep. Almost anybody that is exhausted will have lack of focus throughout the day. 28% of tired students tend to fall asleep in their first class causing a harmful grade. Some sleepy students do not even bother to show up to school, contributing to drop out rates and damaging grades to rise. (Kalish 1-2)
At this point in a teenager’s life, their internal body clock is not functioning properly. Their body clock is set different from the other age groups, such as adults and children. It’s proven that teenagers just naturally want to stay awake in the later hours of the night, and then sleep in later in the mornings. According to a National Sleep foundation poll, at least 28% of teenagers fall asleep in their first class of the day. Someone could argue that this just makes going to their first class a complete waste of time.
Only 14% actually sleep that much throughout weekdays. This is also been proven by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) who have done studies that indicate that “children are less likely to meet this recommendation as they age” (Paksarian, 2015). The National Sleep Foundation issued a poll which found that found that only 9% of teenagers got the recommended amount of sleep (Portantino, 2017). “The National Institutes of Health (NIH) declares that adolescents and young adults are a population at high risk for problem sleepiness based on evidence that the prevalence of the problem sleepiness is high and increasing with particularly serious consequences” (Portantino, 2017). It has also been proven by sleep studies at the AAP that “later start times are thought to improve adolescent sleep by reducing the mismatch between the developmental biological drive toward later bedtimes and wake times” (Paksarian, 2015).
According to a 2010 survey published in The Journal of Adolescent Health, only 8% of high school students get the recommended amount of sleep which is nine hours, 23% of high school students get six hours of sleep, and 10% get 5 hours of hours. After school activities and the amount of homework contribute to the little amount of sleep teenagers are getting. Most students have after school activities such as jobs and sports, so they get home later and still have about 5 hours of homework every night. Sleep deprivation is a serious problem in teenagers that gets overlooked by many people. The reason teenagers are sleep deprived is because of the start time of schools and the amount of homework students are given.
And I think to myself maybe there is a possible chance school start times could change. Well I have a solution to help you and myself start the morning off with a lot more energy and no more yawning. Waking up in the morning can be a real pain especially if you do not get the right amount of sleep you need. Teens need typically “9 ¼ “ hours of sleep but more than “⅔” of high schoolers say that they get less than 7. Most middle schools and high schools start school between the times of 7:30-7:45.
First, some major effects of lack of sleep caused by early school start times are reduced comprehension, thinking, and overall brain activity in students. In a study concerning sleep deprivation, participants were respectively assigned four, six, and eight hours of sleep for two weeks and were later mentally evaluated. “...after only two weeks, the six-hour group showed a similar reaction time to a person with a blood alcohol concentration of .1%, which is considered legally drunk.” (ASAP Science, “How Much Sleep Do You Actually Need?”) This evidence shows that in the experiment, those with a mere six hours of sleep showed behavior and a reaction time similar to that of someone who is legally intoxicated. The usual mental effects of intoxication
More than 90% of high school students in America suffer throughout the school day because of chronic sleep deprivation. Students, parents, teachers, and doctors have begun to question the start times of schools and their effect on students. Schools may begin early to allow time for extracurricular activities and sports practices at the end of the school day. By beginning earlier, students and teacher get home earlier. But overtime, early start times have developed negativities in the lives of adolescents.
Despite the fact that countless studies have proven that students that receive eight to nine hours of sleep each night preform better in school, many schools still start school at the regular time. Diamond Bar high school is one of these schools that refuse to acknowledge these studies. Students these days have to balance schoolwork, athletics, club activities, and social lives. Getting the proper amount of sleep is the last thing on a young adults mind during their high school career. If so many studies have proven that when students get the right amount of sleep, then why does Diamond Bar high school, a school that prides itself on its high-test scores, not want to benefit their students even more by starting school later than the usual start time?
A good number of adolescents are lacking sleep and are performing poorly both academically and physically. As a result, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is pushing educational policymakers to make middle and high schools start later in the morning (Richmond). Students show up to class seriously lacking sleep and the early start times cause them to have to wake up at hours that contradict their internal clocks, which are rhythms that determine sleep patterns. Less than half of the 10th graders get even seven hours of sleep, which is already less than the recommended hours of sleep for an adolescent (Richmond). Even if teenagers go to bed earlier, their school start times are becoming more early as they advance through grades
Schools Should Start Later in the Morning Youth Risk Behavior Survey in 2011 showed that “69% of U.S. high school students get fewer than 8 hours of sleep on school nights, and 40% get 6 or fewer hours” (McKibben). This lack of sleep can cause numerous negative side effects on teens. If school started later in the morning kid’s health and grade would improve as well as their sports performance. Schools should start later in the morning because students would be able to get the full 8-9 hours of sleep and perform better in school and sports and their health would improve. Starting school later in the morning has many benefits such as improvement in school, and sports.