63.27% of students responded with a “Yes” to the question “Does your academic performance drop due to lack of sleep?” and the rest responded with a “No” in a survey conducted. A study conducted found that sleep deprived students inaccurately rate their performance as better than those students who received adequate sleep. However, their grades do not reflect the same and therefore the disparity in survey results can be associated with students not making the connection between their bad performance and lack of sleep. The “all-nighters” that students inflict upon themselves in an effort to cram all the material the night before an exam affects their memory, reasoning and problem solving skills (Buboltz, Brown & Soper, 2001).
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
21% of teen motor vehicle accidents are caused by drowsy driving. Many teens everyday are complaining about their school start times being way too early. Teen tiredness is now considered to be a public health pandemic. School starting at a later time is beneficial because it helps students catch up on sleep. It helps students stay out of trouble.
Picture a stereotypical teenager trying to get out of bed for school at 6 am. For most people, this is certainly not a pleasant sight. A teenager likely thinks of mornings as an ugly fight while parents fear that staying in bed encourages laziness and irresponsibility. Currently there are schools that start as early as 7 am and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that 83% of the nation starts before 8:30 am (Szabo). Research has shown that most mental development occurs during middle and high school.
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.
Do you or someone you know feel extremely tired, depressed, or sleepless when going to school? It seems that you're not the only one because many people around the world suffer this issue due to school start times. “Over 2/3 of teenagers and children do not receive all of their sleep requirements” (Yeager, page 1). Many questions are surrounded around school start times and how much it affects the student. Does school start times affect the students sleep in any way?
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.
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.
Waking up super early for school is dangerous for many reasons. It may not seem very evident to you, but everyday teens are becoming unhealthier just because sleep is detrimental to their health. “Since the 1990’s, sleep researchers and other health professionals have been telling us that these early school hours are harming children” (Schoolstartlater.net). Sometimes starting school early can be a serious issue for more people than you think. In addition, sleep experts have concluded that there is one, and only one, solution to this problem.
According to, “Support for Sleeping In? Half of Parents Favor Later School Start Times For Teens” by Mental Health Weekly Digest, it states, “‘Teenagers are chronically sleep-deprived and that can negatively impact their health and well-being. We know teens are biologically wired to have later sleep cycles, which has raised the question of whether school start times that align to adolescents ' natural sleep rhythms…’” Moreover, Matthew M. Davis, M.D., M.A.P.P. was showing how he wants to have schools start later for teens. This supports the reason that school times should start later so they could really get the sleep that they need each night because if it negatively impacts their life and learning environment then it won 't be any better for going to school.
“A federal study, found that as rates of alcohol use by 12-17 year olds increase, grade point average decrease” (alcoholcostalculator.org). This means that underage students that drink are more likely to have “decreas[ing]” grades. Their performance declines as in effect of the use alcohol and/or the impairment the brain has suffered. The student will not do well in school because the brain is intoxicated and will not be able to hold on to knowledge compared to healthy hippocampus. A decrease in grade point average, will limit the opportunity of having a higher selection of colleges.
Rising at the crack of dawn also causes too many students to fall asleep in school because of their lack of sleep. Although early start times give all people more time after school, they are causing those people to be underprepared. Because of the lack of sleep, teenagers are getting more and more sleep deprived. What they do not know is
In a recent survey, over 76% of high school students said that they usually get seven hours of sleep a night. Considering workloads and school start times, a majority of the 76% claim that there is nothing they can do to acquire more sleep each night. Lack of sleep has become a problem for teenagers statewide, and it is completely out of their control. The majority of high schools in Michigan start classes before 8:00 a.m. Some people believe this is too early for students to start learning.
Imagine walking into a first period classroom full of high schoolers. What would you expect? Here is what you should expect, kids who are ready to learn, kids who are enthusiastic. Even though that's what you should expect it's also what you should aswell, because when kids are tired they can’t learn and they don’t want to learn they want to sleep. School is about learning not getting up at 5 A.M. to make it on time.
Teenagers all over the country are struggling with their sleep. They struggle to get out of bed every day. The weekend is their only break. Why is this, schools start too early. School start times should be later.