The pressure put onto students to excel in all classes is absolutely absurd. Altering the schools’ start time will not change this fact; however, allowing students to have more time to work on school work, as well as get enough sleep will improve their academics in all classes, no matter the subject. In David K. Randall’s Dreamland: Adventures In The Strange Science Of Sleep, he states:
Biology’s cruel joke goes something like this: As a teenage body goes through puberty, its circadian rhythm essentially shifts three hours backward. Suddenly, going to bed at nine or ten o’clock at night isn’t just a drag, but close to a biological impossibility. Studies of teenagers around the globe have found that adolescent brains do not start releasing melatonin until around eleven o’clock at night and keep pumping out the hormone well past sunrise. Adults, meanwhile, have little-to-no melatonin in their bodies when they wake up. With all that melatonin surging through their bloodstream, teena...
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...likely to suffer from depression and 48 percent more likely to think about committing suicide than those who reported getting eight hours of nightly sleep” (“More Sleep for Teens Protects Mental Health”). This is an enormous worry. These statistics fit the identities of high school students today. Many students do not get more than seven hours of sleep every night, and it is corrupting their lives.
Without a later start time, grades may drop, opportunities that run late will have to be rejected, and the development of mental illnesses in students may increase. One could argue that getting up early can increase your productivity, yet these facts immediately counter this argument. Teenagers are tired; tired of always being tired. If a student’s life can be saved, simply by starting school at, for example, ten o’clock in the morning, is it not worth everything to do so?
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