Early school hours PREVENT many students and young teachers from getting the 8 or so hours of sleep per night that most teenagers and young adults need.
Nearly 40% of U.S. high schools currently start before 8:00 a.m.
, and only about 15% start after 8:30 a.m . Bus pick-ups start shortly after 5:30 a.m. in some districts, and teens must wake at 5 or 6 a.
m. to get to school on time. Meanwhile, the school day ends sometimes before 2-3 p.m. These schedules are incompatible with the sleep needs of middle and high school students, whose brains and bodies are still growing.
Starting school early affects the brain and academic skills in many ways. Poor amounts of sleep cause less ability to concentrate, learn, and remember. We know this because in a large amount of studies, adults have volunteered to deprive themselves of sleep and had their emotional functioning tested. Sleep deprivation results in dysregulation of emotional control. Although studies of extreme sleep deprivation are not ethically possible, in a few studies, children whose sleep was restricted by around an hour showed some degree of dysfunction similar to those seen in adults.
A much larger number of studies have established a connection between reduced sleep quantity and quality and poorer performance on a wide variety of tasks including attention, learning, and academic performance.The school administration, the teachers, principals and associates are always complaining that so many of their students are constantly tardy to school. If you are tardy five times to a certain class you have to stay an hour after school sitting in detention. Out of all the classes that students receive an office detention for being tardy, it’s usually is their first period class. They don’t get to school on time because they oversleep. With an extra hour to sleep or get ready in the morning don’t you think it would be much easier to get to school on time, and the tardy problem would decrease? So if these school teachers don’t like students being tardy all the time, why don’t they consider starting school at a later time?Studies show that students are more awake and more likely to function completely after nine o’clock. With school starting at 8:00, the first two periods of the day seem like a complete waste.
Students are not being able to learn to their full potential, and due to not being able to learn to their full attention there grades are suffering. About 20% of highschool/middle school students fall asleep in school at one time or another. It’s hard to learn while you’re sleeping you think? Another reason students don’t sleep at night is because we are assigned homework for almost every class every night. You can’t expect students to come home from school, study, eat dinner, do their homework and then go to bed right away. Especially in highschool when students have jobs and most times don’t get off until ten/ eleven alcock at night. Along with eight or so hours of school, work, and then all the hours we spend doing homework or studying, we have to keep up on our social life.
I mean we have friends, family and our mental health itself to worry about as well. We aren’t machines; we need fun in our lives too. We’re still considered kids and with getting up early, spending eight hours at school along with all the homework we don’t have time to work on ourselves. With an extra hour of sleep, we will be refreshed and ready to learn for our first couple of classes.’