“Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.”- Thomas Dekker. Schools should have a later start time because kids who have time to get ready in the morning and have time to eat breakfast feel more energized, more focused, get more involved in class, and have a better memory. Students focus better during the day with more time to sleep, more time to focus on homework, and more time to devote to activities in the evenings. These are reasons why schools should have a later start time.
Why school should start later? School days are not supposed to start before 8:30 a.m. for middle and high schoolers. This fact is supported by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine that links early days to car accidents along the roads, depression among the young teenagers and increase in poor performance academically due to early school days. Teens struggle through the challenge of waking up very early in the morning so that they can be at school at the right time.
High school starts at 7:30 in the morning in most places. High school students typically get up an hour before or earlier in order to get ready for the day ahead. High schools should begin classes an hour later so that students may have more rest so they may be more aware and more likely to learn. If school began an hour later this would let students get more sleep, as they would more than likely continue to go to bed at the same time they do currently. “Research shows that teenagers’ body clocks are set to a schedule that is different from that of younger children or adults.
Kids are getting more into caffeine products and watching TV and playing electronics. For the first time the CDC, The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging education policymakers to start Middle and High school classes later in the morning. In more than 40 states, at least 75% of public schools start earlier than 8:30. ADD MORE If school does not get pushed back later in the morning and kids do not get enough sleep, they will get many health problems. Some health problems include heart disease, heart attack, heart failure, and irregular heartbeat.
Many people argue whether school start times should stay the same or become later in the day. Most students already don't get enough sleep during the night and that can affect their learning experience in school (Wahlstrom). However some positive effects can still come from waking up early in the morning and getting to school around the same time. Although good can come from waking up early in the morning and sleeping in, students still need later school starting times to improve their overall health.
What would you do with two more hours of sleep each night? Many students would say that it would help them complete school work and get enough sleep to not be tired throughout the school day. Students who are not well rested show up to class drowsy and not ready to learn, however students who get decent hours of sleep each night come engaged and ready to learn. Schools in the United States should have later start times because it is important for teenagers to get eight to nine hours of sleep at night and people’s bodies are not built to get few hours of sleep.
For the last few years, schools across the United States have made conscious efforts to delay school start times. The push for a later school start has been led by doctors and parents who believe students do not receive the suggested eight-and-a-half hours of sleep daily. A later start time does not guarantee more sleep for students as students may just go to bed even later usual. A later start time could also change the times for after-school activities for many students. As a result of a later start time, both students and teachers will come home to families late into night. For these important and practical reasons, schools should not change school start times.
Have you ever woken up groggy and contemplated not going to school with only 5 hours since you hit the hay? Well, I understand your pain. Throughout my life it has been getting harder and harder to get enough sleep with the increasing workload. Pushing all things aside, school should start later because not only will it improve the health and concentration of students, but it will also be more convenient for everyone.
If schools start later children will pay more attention in class, which will help them get better grades. Schools should start later in the day. First, schools should start later because many kids are not getting the recommended 8.5 to 9.5 hours of nightly rest. A poll performed by the National Sleep foundation discovered that nearly 6 in every 10 middle school students
When schools switch to later start times they find huge decrees in unexcused absences and tardiness. They will also see positive student growth with test scores and grades. Finally, there would be a wonderful change in depression and other mental illnesses that are now too common in teens. Starting school later would help increases attendance. When the University of Minnesota conducted a survey that studied schools that started after 8:30 PM, they found that there were a twenty-five percent decreases of unexcused absences.
School start times are getting earlier and earlier for middle and high school students. These schools are beginning class way too early in the morning, causing students to not get the proper amount of sleep at night and to be unfocused or asleep during class. It is proven that students do worse in all of their classes throughout the day if their first class starts before eight in the morning (Cduford). Starting classes for students before 8 ma wouldn’t be beneficial for them if they are just going to be tired and unfocused.
One reason why school should start later is because students will have more sleep. If students get more sleep then they will be more focused. Teens on average need at least 9 hours of sleep every night. With our school schedules teens are getting less than 7 hours of sleep every night. Also scientists say that sleep can help with memory and your health.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes public understanding of sleep and sleep disorders, starting school later is an adequate way for students to have a better memory, behavior, attention, mood, and executive function. The National Sleep Foundation states “, A National Sleep Foundation poll reported that 28% of teenagers have fallen asleep in class at least once due to lack of sleep. Negative effects of sleep loss include impairments in mood, attention, memory, behavior and executive function… increase in caffeine use… sleep deprived-teens at higher risk of car accidents.” This means that by just adjusting the time by an hour students are more aware of their surroundings, more focused on what they’re learning, have a better mood, and executive function, and it reduces the amount of sugary snacks they have eat or drink to stay awake.
I’m pretty sure most people hate getting up super early in the morning to get to school. Am I right? Well I think it’s the worst! In my opinion, I think school should start later because it is better for one’s health and it’s better for students’ concentration in class. One other reason why school should start later is because it is more convenient.
Sleeping Schools Countless students all over the US struggle to keep their eyes open throughout the day because school classes start too early in the morning. If we were able to give an hour to students in the morning, we would see an increase in their physical mentality, their academic skill level, and an overall happier lifestyle. Many people will argue that starting school too late in the morning will cause after school activities -- such as sports and other clubs -- no time to meet before the night ends. But I must mention that we don’t need to push the start time that much later to see a huge improvement on student’s test scores, overall grades, and a student’s mood. The current school start time is unacceptable when thought about logically, and we must make the changes to have school start at a later time.