The Dangers of Sleep Deprivation: Why School Start Times Should Be Pushed Back
Complaints of fatigue by students echo down the hallways of high schools all over the country each day, habitually. This is the result of sleep deprivation, and unfortunately it has taken control of many studious teens. Even though most teenagers have potential to thrive in school, a lack of sleep can take a vicious toll on a person’s wellbeing. 60% of children under 18 reported being sleepy in the duration of the school day, and another 15% reported that they had fallen asleep in class within the past year (National Sleep Foundation). While teenagers require more sleep than children to stay healthy, ironically, most get much less sleep than children. The preposterous start times of high schools are unintentionally sinking many students’ grades, and making paying attention in class a much greater challenge than it should be. For a majority of students, waking up for school at the crack of dawn is absolutely dreadful, and their attitude towards the day is altered to be negative, routinely. Sleep is a primary aspect of one’s life, especially teenagers, because this is the time when they are developing socially, physically, and emotionally. The amount of sleep that someone gets per night influences the way they think, feel, and behave throughout the day and high school is already extremely academically demanding. Students deserve the best and most fair chance they can get to attain the grades in high school to be able to achieve the prerequisites for their anticipated futures. Without the proper amount of sleep, teenagers can be so easily drained and made unable to work and focus efficiently and this can detrimentally affect their future. This is why it is so important that high school students are not deprived of their basic hierarchy of needs. In order to learn and comprehend new perplexing concepts, students need to be observing,...
Cited: Wolfson, A. R., & Carskadon, M. A. (2008, September 16). Child DevelopmentVolume 69, Issue 4, Article first published online: 16 SEP 2008. Sleep Schedules and Daytime Functioning in Adolescents. Retrieved November 12, 2013, from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-8624.1998.tb06149.x/pdf
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