Prevention magazine also gives a series of statistics that are astounding. Students aged 7-10 need at least 9 hours of sleep and students aged 12+ need at least 8 ½ hours of sleep (Van Tine). Since students pay no attention to it, instead of going to bed by 10 p.m., they tend to kid around, chat online, or simply do nothing. But no matter what, they are just not falling asleep. As time goes by, sleep loss is becoming the most potential killer who puts those kids’ health at risk, and this type of risk is not that easily compensated by sleeping more on weekends in a short period of time.
The students will force themselves to go against their biological sleep clock so they can get another assignment done. “We sleep less because we want to or must work more, study, socialize, or engage in other activities that take precedence over healthy sleep.”(Imaging Sleep and Sleep Disorders) College students prioritize school before sleep, because of the high amounts of homework required for them to do, but sadly this has a horrible effect on the student’s physical health and the health of their grade. Most college students now-a-days are paying a lot of money to be in school, or maybe I should say the parents of the students are paying a lot, but none the less there is some money going into college; the students have a lot of pressure from their parents to get good grades and make all this money for college go to some use. Another stressor is scholarships, most students with scholarships have to keep their grades up or else they will lose their scholarship. All the students focus on their GPA, is it high, is it low, is it going to get me places?
However, most teens have an abundance of schoolwork and extracurricular activities making this is impossible. Even though it may not be easy, delaying school start times would be a tremendous step to help America's teens. Today's high school students in the United States are facing exhaustion, low grades, and poor health due to early school start times. The majority of teenage students do not get the recommended amount of sleep suggested. Ironically, this hectic time in life filled with both school and social demands is when a person needs the most sleep.
The alarm goes off at six am and the typical high school student is barely able to open their eyes. It is time to get up and prepare for a full day at school, about eight hours. Most teenagers, according to the National Sleep Foundation, will only get about six hours of sleep since they tend to stay up until midnight (“Should schools start later in the day?”). After getting ready, many students look forward to a nap in their first hour class despite the information they will miss. Teenagers seem to always have had trouble getting up in the morning, even earning the title of lazy from their parents.
A recent survey held by the National Sleep Foundation figured out that 60% of kids that are below the age of 18 protested about being exhausted while in school. This was according to their parents. About 15% said they fell asleep during class throughout the school year. Many teens today have trouble getting up in the morning because they go to bed late, but it’s a natural habit for teenagers to stay up late. This shows that students need more sleep.
As a result, high school students who need a minimum of eight to nine hours of sleep barely receive seven. This shortage in sleep often causes several detrimental consequences. However, there is a simple solution to this dilemma. High school classes should start later in the day because the associated lack of sleep negatively affects behavior, academic success, and physical health. With minimal sleep, high school students are often tardy and barely awake for their first period class.
Yet, while the teenager falls asleep later, early school starts don’t allow them [sic] to sleep in” (Teenagers). So why not just let teenagers sleep. School systems should consider starting the school day at least an hour later to help their students to do the best they can, and be on the top of their academic game. Many people believe that changing the time school started would not work for many reasons. One might say if schools started an hour later they would go an hour later as well, and this could cut into sports.
Jacob Brown Mrs. Krasny Block 4 9 October 2014 Teens and Sleep Adolescents all around the world stay up playing video games, playing on their phones, playing around with their friends, or cramming in an assignment that’s due the next day due to their procrastination. With all these contributing factors, sleep is the last thing on any teen’s mind. School work has a big effect on teens while trying to do it and do it right and get a good night’s sleep every night. The more and more sleep you get each night, the easier it is to get better grades in school, understand things better, and progress easier and faster. Lack of sleep can cause teens to not care thus making their effort poor on their work while their drive and motivation to learn is
These negative results can be improved by reducing the homework load. Students continue to work late into the night to meet the pressing homework deadlines, sacrificing much needed sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, teens need 8.5 to 9.25 hours of sleep in order to do well in school, but they only get an average of 7 hours of sleep because of school work (Teens and Sleep). A cruel cycle exists between school work and sleep. Students are assigned a lot of homework and stay up late working on it.
Early start times in high school is a serious problem around the nation. Teens are getting deprived from sleep and its not only because of the choices they're making. The ones to blame are both the school administrators and mother nature. Schools need to understand that students’ bodies and minds aren’t physically and mentally ready to be up at 7:30 a.m. every weekday, in fact students should get up and start getting ready until about 8:30 a.m. High school should start later because teens biologically require more sleep, stay up later, and sleep in later than adults. Dr. Rodrigues, who specializes in sleep disorders, suggests that to teenagers, sleep needs to be a priority.