School Starts Too Early

By Juan and Katie

Why Teens Don't Get Enough Sleep

59% of middle schoolers and 87% of high schoolers are getting less than the recommended sleep time which is 8.5 - 9.5 hours. This lack of sleep can lead to traffic accidents, and makes them more vulnerable to depression and obesity.

The reason that most teens aren't getting enough sleep is because of of something called a "sleep-wake cycle." As children become teenagers, their sleep-wake cycle shifts two hours later, so it's difficult, if not impossible, for them to go to sleep before 10:30 P.M. The average teenager can't fall asleep before 11 P.M.

The Government

Three House Democrats are proposing that the federal government conduct a study on whether kids are getting up to early for school, and whether the government should recommend later start times for older kids who need to get more sleep.