Students All Over America Are Suffering From Sleep Deprivation

1078 WordsNov 2, 20155 Pages
Are you a student who has a school start time before 8:30 a.m.? Do you get tired during the school day because you did not get enough sleep? You are not alone. Students all over America are suffering from sleep deprivation. This is causing teens to do poorly in school and causes emotional and health issues. Most schools are restricted from having a later school start time because of extra-curricular activities including sports and marching band. But is this a valid sacrifice? School start times should be later for teenagers because research shows adolescents are at a risk for emotional issues, poor grade performance, and car accidents. School start times have affected teenager’s emotional behavior in a major way. Teenagers are motivated to learn more when they are awake and have had a full 8 hours of sleep. There is a Psychological mind set in our brain called the circadian clock. It tells their bodies when too wake up and when they are tired. It plays a big part in our day to day life, especially when teens wake up too early and disrupt the circadian rhythm. In an article written by Kayla Wahlstrom, she talks about how she found records from a school in Minneapolis in 1997. She said she found “findings of significant benefits such as improved attendance and enrollment rates, less sleeping in class, and less student-reported depression.” Other schools need to look at this and decide what is more important, after school activities or teens being depressed and tired during
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