School Start Times Imagine a teenage student struggling to get out of bed in the morning. The night before was occupied with math homework, an English essay, a doctor’s appointment, and swim team practice, leaving little time to rest. The student, exhausted and sleep deprived, wakes up at 6am every morning in order to catch the school bus at 7am. Juggling homework, extracurricular activities, family time and of course, rest are everyday tasks complicated by school start times. The early start times of middle and high schools nationwide affect each and every student immensely, affecting academic performance and overall wellness.
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.
Teenagers are not getting the sleep they need to learn. Students would do better if schools started later in the day. Early start times do not account for the sleep cycle of teenagers. “Teens are among those least likely to get enough sleep; while they need on average 9 ¼ hours of sleep per night for ideal performance, health and brain development, teens average fewer than 7 hours per school night by the end of high school, and most reported feeling tired during the day”, says The Sleep Foundation. Teens need the optimal amount of sleep to perform at their full potential at school or work.
A lot of teenagers complain about how tired they are in the morning. It’s so hard getting out of bed in the morning, especially when you go to sleep late at night. In my opinion, I think that school should start later in the day. We learn way better when we are fully awake. We have the energy to stay awake during school.
They would be more successful in class and life. It would benefit them because they could now get into the college they want to and that would set them up for success. The increased sleep would improve their test scores and grades in classes. The final quote from “Support for sleeping in? Half of parents favor later school start times for teens” by the Mental Health Weekly Digest says that, “Lack of sleep has been linked to mental health problems, increased risk of motor vehicle accidents and a decline in school performance.” In other words this explains that not school and other things are benefited by more sleep.
If we don’t get enough sleep our bodies will be prominent to sickness. Our bodies will be too busy trying to keep us awake to focus on getting better. If some people can’t get to bed until 11 pm and get up at 5 that’s not enough sleep to try to fight sickness. If school starts at 7:45 am then they have to get up earlier than that to get on the bus or drive. Also if you stayed up til 12 am to 2am they’ll be tired in the mornings especially people in extra sports and they can’t miss practice even is a little bug, for some people.
Kids spend all day playing sports and all night trying to finish their homework. If school was later kids could go to bed after their sports and wake up and finish their homework before school. Even if they wake up at 6 to get it finished they probably have plenty of time to get it done, and they still have a better sleep then when they went to school at 8. Many kids have a hard time getting to bed before 11, but if we had school later kids could make up their lack of sleep by sleeping in later. Last, kids need a lot of sleep so they can wake up refreshed and ready to learn.
Athletes would be getting some to no sleep every night. Their grades could be dropping causing them to be placed out a game or being put off the team.
"We're going to look back on this time period and wonder why it took so long," said Phyllis Payne of Start School Later. This will help teens excel to their fullest and not be held down with lack of sleep. Many students don’t get the sleep they need to function throughout the day and many kids fall asleep in class says Bridget Shelton, a freshman at Seattle's Roosevelt High School. This is another reason why Park City High School should start at a later time. Last but no least, many students that drive in high school are likely to be out at night driving and if they are tired and sleep deprived, then they are more likely to crash their car from drifting off the road.
Students need 8 ½ to 9 ½ hours of sleep per night in order to thrive both academically and physically throughout the day. However, extracurricular activities and homework get in the way. Furthermore, 6% of middle school students and around 20% of high school students fall asleep in school per day. In addition, ⅔ of high school students get less
Sports practices drain students even more, and homework only gets put off until much later in the day, causing students to stay up late and not get enough sleep. The cycle of exhaustion and sleep loss continues for the entire school week until students are finally given the relief of having the chance to sleep in on the weekend.