School Start Times
Schools across America are having students show up to class drowsy and not ready to learn. These students go through the school day looking like zombies:half awake and too tired to learn. According to the article “Teens Need School to Start Later, Doctors Say” by Sumath Reddy says, “High schools and middle schools should begin the day no earlier than 8:30 a.m. to help teenagers get more sleep...” Also from the article “Doctors want schools to start later so kids can sleep” by Michelle Healy states, “45% of adolescents sleeping less than eight hours.” I believe schools should start later to benefit the health of all the students. Lack of sleep from teenagers can result in mental and physical ability loss. Teens that don't get enough sleep can cause accidents such as sleeping while driving and lack of concentration. Not getting enough sleep can lower a student's immune system, and give them a higher chance of getting illnesses such as the common cold. On the mental side of sleep loss, you are at a higher risk for depression and more likely to experience memory loss. In some cases, sleep deprivation can have the same effects as drinking alcohol (slurred speech and uncontrolled reflexive movements of the eye).
Students in High School are programmed to go to bed later. In the article “Teens Need School to Start Later, Doctors Say” by Sumanth Reddy she states, “Biological changes associated with puberty result in a shift in circadian rhythms, causing adolescents to get tired
later at night, sleep experts say.” Also most students have some sort of after school extracurricular activity that can take up to 3 hours of their time, meaning less time for sleep. If the average time for a teenager to go to bed is 11 pm, then how can he get close to the needed nine hours of sleep if he has to get up at 6 am? ...
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