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.
Schools should start later in the day so students can get enough sleep to fully function. Starting school early in the morning can have huge effects to a student's health, academics, and attendance. First of all, not getting enough sleep can affect someone's health in future. Second, many students may fall asleep in class and miss vital information for an upcoming test. Finally, as a child get older their internal clock change and it is very hard to get the recommended 8 1/2 - 9 1/2 hours of sleep.
The majority of people might think teenage crash rates are high because of texting and driving; however, several causes of these young driver wrecks are from sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation will cause teenagers to possess a “strong tendency toward brief mental lapses” which “greatly increase the risk” of car crashes and accidents (Wahlstrom 31). Teenagers have an increasing number of wrecks from sleep deprivation every day. The more sleep they receive from starting school later, the more likely the teenagers would arrive at school safely with no car crashes. “When you are sleep deprived, you are as impaired as driving with a blood alcohol content of .08%, which is illegal for drivers in many states” (National Sleep Foundation).
School Start Times I think this school needs a later start time. There are many times where students come in tired and not ready to learn. According to the National Sleep Foundation, teens need 8-10 hours of sleep a night to function properly. Also according to the National Sleep Foundation, when you are sleep deprived, you are as impaired as driving with a blood alcohol level of .08%, which is illegal for drivers in many states. That is like having a bunch of drunk people walk around a classroom trying to figure out a new concept.
More Sleep Makes Happy Teens Every weekday, millions of people across the nation wake up before the sun, roll out of bed with a headache, skip breakfast because they feel too groggy to keep anything down, and sluggishly work their day away. You may think these people are adults going to their day jobs; however, I am referring to every teenager getting up and going to school in America. There is no logical reason why our schools should continue to begin as early as they do now. It has been properly proven teenagers are incapable of retaining a sufficient amount of new information any earlier than ten o’clock in the morning. Additionally, sleep deprivation causes countless detrimental physical and mental injuries to young people.
“Ten percent of all drivers 15 to19 years old involved in fatal car crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crashes. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted at the time of the crashes”(unknown 1). Teens with phones are almost always on their phones, teens don 't realize the risks and even if they do they still choose to text and drive. “Percentage of people who said that they texted while driving between September 2010 and December 2011:males 49%, females 45%. By age: 16 36.5%, 17 46%, 18 58%.
Also, extra sleep on the weekends can cause you to lose sleep on the weekdays. this happens because when you sleep a lot on the weekend and on Sunday you're not tired you don't get enough the night of making you tired on Monday. Even though schools can not control what students do out of school, they can accept it and help them out by moving school to a later time. There are many reasons why adults and kids don’t get enough sleep and there are things that they can do to help, but schools should definitely consider making school start later. If school started earlier health wouldn't be such a problem.
The overall point of the article is that later start times are healthy and beneficial, but it will be awhile before they are possible. In the beginning of the article, Weissman states, “The American Academy of Pediatrics has joined a chorus that’s been growing louder for years: The school day should start later for teenagersbecause they aren’t wired to go to bed early — and they need their sleep.The AAP says this is a public-health issue: Sleep-deprived teenagers are more likely to crash cars, get depressed, and become obese. Also, they may not do as well in school. However, early start times aren't going away quickly, and probably won't, because of the costs.” This quote from source two explains Weissman’s opinion on later school start times for high schoolers. Look at how much positive information he gives on the subject.
According to Should School Start Later?” the author states, “Studies show that well rested teens get higher grades, have higher test scores and miss fewer days of school. They also have a lower risk of car accidents.” Imagine a sleep deprived student, driving to school, but then he rams into other cars in the parking lot. There is fire, smoke, and sirens sounding everywhere. Many people every year are killed in these brutal accidents. Sleep is just one of the many factors that can affect safety on the road.
For this debate I am debating why school time should stay the same. J.C.M.S middle school in Sierra Vista has a delayed start time of 9:00 a.m., and finish school at 4:00 p.m. This affects the children who are involved if afternoon sports, most time not getting out until 6:00 p.m sometimes later. If you have homework that same night after spending two hours doing a sport you might procrastinate and not do your homework at all or you will be tired and end up making mistakes that should not have been made. An earlier start time ensures an earlier release time letting sports start earlier and homework being done at an earlier time while not as exhausted from the day.