Sleep and The Effect It Has On Academic Performance

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Sleep studies have been around for as far back as 1913. The start times of school and how it affects student academics is not usually looked at by most schools, but start times actually affect academic performance because it changes adolescents normal sleep cycle, creates a lack of sleep which affects the way children learn, and later start times create better performance. All of these theories have been tested with sleep studies and most of them were found to be true.
Sleep Cycle Changes
When children make the transition from primary school to middle school or high school, it affects them a lot when the changing of their own sleep cycle affects the way they actually learn. Dr. Judith Owens, who is the director of the Sleep Medicine Clinic at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., says "adolescents are programmed to fall asleep later,” (2013). She wants to change school start times to later because "we are asking [teens] to be awake and alert at the time in their 24-hour clock when their alertness level is at its very lowest,” (2013). She also says that most teens can’t usually fall asleep until 11 p.m. Sleep expert Amy Wolfson of College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., says that children should try to get eight and a half to nine and a half hours of sleep a night. Waking up at six a.m. leads to bad sleep patterns creating sleep deprivation.
A new poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health finds that 50 percent of high school students say that there school starts at eight a.m. or earlier. The poll also showed that 1 out of 5 teens said they start school before 7:30 a.m. Students need a later school start time because they don’t need the...

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...ich correlates with there learning ability, and the attendance of students have shown a great amount of teens showing up to first hour than before the school change.

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