Early school time results in lack of sleep

Joshua Das
January 26, 2010

Every day, I am forced to wake up at six o’clock, take a shower, brush my teeth, eat breakfast and get ready for school. I then sleep during all of my first period, AP Statistics.

I greatly despise waking up so early. I think we should have a later starting period, which would allow us to get more rest.

Later start times would coincide with students’ body clocks so that teens are in school during their most alert hours and can achieve their full academic potential. WebMD, a health website, states that students need 9 and a quarter hours of sleep nightly, however they only receive 7 and a half hours on average.

A large and growing amount of sleep research shows that adolescents have a different sleep cycle than younger children and adults. This has nothing to do with habit or lifestyle. It’s all biological.

A typical teenager is unable to fall asleep until after 11 p.m. and wake up before 8 a.m. Forcing students to wake up at 6 would only rob them of their rest, which can be detrimental to their learning.

A lack of sleep has serious repercussions on teenagers’ physical, mental and emotional health.

Sleep deprivation among teens causes depression, susceptibility to illness and injury. Drowsiness also causes many car accidents a year!

“Everyone hates waking up that early in the morning,” senior Schaffe Rodriguez said. “I would rather wake up wondering, ‘where’s my toast?’ And I think everyone would be able to get more done since they would actually be awake.”

Later start times mean better performance in the classroom, on the field, and behind the wheel.

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