Should School Start Later?

.. In The Morning

I think that schools should start later in the morning, not only is it better for us students but also reasonable

"Over time, sleep deprivation leads to serious consequences for academic achievement, social behavior, and the health and safety of our nation's youth," the Congresswoman added. "We must encourage schools to push back their start times to at least 8:30 a.m. — a schedule more in tune with adolescents' biological sleep and wake patterns and more closely resembling the adult work day."

Being a tired teen myself, i often wake up in the morning, getting ready for school and i wonder if i should just stay home and sleep, not caring if i miss an important day at school, just wanting some sleep.

sleeping late and waking up early

Research shows that teens need eight to nine hours of sleep at night, as compared with eight hours needed for adults. However, they are not getting enough sleep. A recent study at Drexel University of students aged 12 to 18 found that "20 percent of those studied got the recommended eight or more hours of sleep during school nights with the rest getting less than eight hours. The average sleep for U.S. adolescents is seven hours..." [1] A study of Rhode Island teenagers found that "85 percent were chronically sleep-deprived and accumulated a minimum 10-hour sleep deficit during the week. Forty percent went to bed after 11 p.m.; 26 percent said they usually got less than 6.5 hours on school nights." [2] Thus, sleep deprivation in teens is causing a growing concern among researchers, educators and parents.

after school jobs and activities?

Students are concerned that being in school later in the day means that it will cut into after-school jobs and other extracurricular activities. Still, there are convincing reasons to push back school start times. Mary Carskadon, PhD, a renowned expert on adolescent sleep, cites several advantages for teens to get the sleep they need:

  • less likelihood of experiencing depressed moods; (Over time, lack of sleep and sleep disorders can contribute to the symptoms of depression. In a 2005 Sleep in America poll, people who were diagnosed with depression or anxiety were more likely to sleep less than six hours at night.

    The most common sleep disorder, insomnia, has the strongest link to depression. In a 2007 study of 10,000 people, those with insomnia were five times as likely to develop depression as those without. In fact, insomnia is often one of the first symptoms of depression.)

  • reduced likelihood for tardiness;
  • reduced absenteeism;
  • better grades; (Insufficient sleep among adolescents may not only contribute to lower grades and a lack of motivation, but may also increase the odds of serious levels of emotional and behavioral disturbances, including ADHD, according to a research abstract that will be presented on Monday at SLEEP 2008, the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS).
  • reduced risk of drowsy driving; and
  • reduced risk of metabolic and nutritional deficits associated with insufficient sleep, including obesity. ( “When you have sleep deprivation and are running on low energy, you automatically go for a bag of potato chips or other comfort foods,” saysSusan Zafarlotfi, PhD, clinical director of the Institute for Sleep and Wake Disorders at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey.)
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starting schools later

Over all, starting school later in the morning is better for the students health and well being. Reducing the chance of depressing moods stands out to me the most, because all i see is depressed, tired teens at school and outside of it, being finals week, they're more tired and stressed than ever.. Teachers always tell us to get a good nights sleep but how do we do that when we're finishing up projects and homework? Not to mention that teachers also experience loss of sleep.. Do you think schools should start later in the morning?
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  2. "10 Surprising Effects of Lack of Sleep." WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2015.
  3. "AASM News Archive." AASM. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2015.
  4. "School Start Time and Sleep." School Start Time & Sleep- National Sleep Foundation. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2015.
  5. "Teens, Sleep and School." Teens, Sleep and School. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2015.