Starting School Later

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Getting up in the morning is very difficult after a long weekend or a long night of staying up doing homework, and everyday kids complain about going to school because they are to tired. What do schools and parents do about it? They tell us to toughen up and to go to bed early, but how is that possible?

If we were to start school later, the school day would be so much more easier and students wouldn’t complain as much. Students would be better prepared and have more attention span, it would improve test and grades because students would be more focused instead of looking at the clock waiting for school to get out.

Starting school later would not just help the teachers out it would help parents as well because there would be less fighting to go to school and the kids would be in a better mood. Plus more sleep is required for teens now more then ever.

Starting school just 30 minutes later was connected with huge improvements in teens reported sleep times, mood and health. Not only did the average student sleep about 30 minutes later it the morning, many reported going to bed about 15 minutes earlier. Dr. Owens said some students reported they felt so much better sleeping later, they also decided to try to go to bed earlier to get more sleep.

Yes teens should start going to bed earlier, but from studies it shows that even though teens go to bed earlier, they are more tired in the morning then when they go to bed later.

The RSU 10 school district has late arrivals on wednesday and students get to go in a hour later, it seems to help a lot. The students seem to be more rested and happier because they get to sleep longer and classes are shorter.

Schools should really consider changing the school days from waking up an hour later and staying an hour longer. Teens would be better rested and would be ready to do work.
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