You need to be in class by seven thirty or risk getting detention. Even though this panic feeling of being late and tired is all too familiar to most teenagers if not all, many schools still have starting times before seven thirty and don’t realize that it greatly affects the amount of sleep a teenager gets resulting in lower test scores. Although getting enough sleep may not seem like that hard of a task, medical research shows that teens who regularly get too little sleep are
About 87 percent of American high school students are chronically sleep deprived, according to a 2006 survey from the National Sleep Foundation. Most middle schoolers and high schoolers are sleep deprived because school starts too early. Most schools start really early, causing students to not get enough sleep. Schools should start later to prevent emotional disorders, depression, and anxiety from being sleep deprived. If school starts later, then students will be healthier.
Pulling all-nighters because of a difficult test/final is becoming more common as students get older. Students stay up all night studying for their test only able to squeeze in a couple of hours of sleep. Then they end up fatigued or even falling asleep during the test. This results in you not doing the best you could have done if you were more focused and awake. If school started later, you wouldn’t be as tired during your test.The average school start time is 8:00, but studies show most pediatricians recommend starting school no earlier than 8:30.
The optimal amount of sleep for teenagers remains at about 9 to 9 ¼ hours per night, (JA et. al. ), which results in the ideal wake time of roughly 8 a.m. With majority of schools in the U.S. having school start times ranging from 7:40 a.m. to 8:33 a.m., (Rettner), most students are unable to wake up at 8 a.m. Personally, I know that it is excessively difficult to achieve 9 hours of sleep every night, especially on week days when I have to wake up a few hours earlier than on the weekend. Similarly, I also fathom the battles of getting ready quickly in the morning.
56% of students considered homework as a primary source of stress. This is important information because of it clear that homework is causing worry for most students. In the piece “Homework vs. Sleep: A Cause of Stress in Teens (And Younger Kids)” by Craig Canapari MD, it was reported about 15% of juniors and seniors had more than two hours of homework per night. Canapari also pointed to a study finding 90% of teenagers are not getting enough sleep due to too much homework. This is significant because teenagers need sleep for their growth and development.
Some bus routes leave as early as 6:00 just so they can make all their routes and make it to school by 8 which makes it even darker. Not all buses and vehicles have good enough headlights which means they might not see children walking or riding a bike until it's too late. Teenagers who have to wake up early and drive to school might not be fully awake, which means they could also easily cause wrecks when they’re headed to school. “A two-year study of two high schools in Virginia found that the school with a later start time had significantly fewer students in accidents.” (Sara Chesire). By pushing back the start time by just an hour or two many lives could be saved and accidents could be prevented.
Kids will get up early to go to school and still feel sleepy because they're sleep-deprived and that can affect how they perform in school. Kids, especially teenagers should be able to get at least nine hours of sleep so they can be able to function properly in school. "I see a lot of teenagers who are tired and have problems in school because they have to get up early, according to Deray. " I guarantee you, that if these schools start at a later time, a lot of kids would get better grades.
This means that before this time, a student is not at their best, mentally until after. Personally, I wake up at 5:30 and I have noticed a significant difference compared to other days without school. The time when you wake up greatly influences your decisions and state of mind for the rest of the day, this means that with a proper sleeping schedule; you will be able to function properly. Another reason is that with a lack of sleep comes lack of attention and that can lead to worsening grades. For instance, whenever a student experience a bad night(basically every night), they tend to lose focus, feel slower, less responsive and overall not in the best condition.
Middle schoolers’ grades declining, laziness, and absences can all be caused by lack of sleep. Most Middle schoolers don’t get the greatest amount of sleep for school. Observers have noticed kids being lazy or yawning due to lack of sleep. Why not start school earlier? There are several reasons why schools should start later.
Well, other studies have also shown, waking up early causes students to have lower grades and do not perform as well as students who get the appropriate amount of sleep for adolescents. This is unacceptable because students are given large amounts of homework, on top of