The Effective Effects of Later Starts

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Have you ever woken up on a school day, wishing that you did not have so many after school activities and homework, so that you could have slept earlier? Nearly 70% of teens across America do not get enough sleep, and more than 25% of high school students fall asleep in class. Teens need about 8.5 to more than 9 hours of sleep a night, but studies show that only 15% of teens are getting this much sleep. This may result in an increased risk of depression, anxiety, obesity, and illness. Schools should push their start times to later, because the absence of sleep can link to emotional troubles, slower responses and duller concentration, and the body’s circadian rhythm during adolescence makes it physically harder to go to sleep early.
The lack of sleep can link to mental and emotional troubles, such as depression and anxiety. Studies from the University of Pennsylvania showed that subjects who were limited to sleeping only 4.5 to 5 hours a night for one week, were reportedly feeling more stressed, angry, sad, and mentally tired. This represents the students in school, because they ge...
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