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A Later Start

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A Later Start

A student feels exhausted before math class starts. She laid her head on the desk because of her exhaustion.

A student feels exhausted before math class starts. She laid her head on the desk because of her exhaustion. "I don't feel ready for math, I'm so tired," Angel Underwood (9) said.

A student feels exhausted before math class starts. She laid her head on the desk because of her exhaustion. "I don't feel ready for math, I'm so tired," Angel Underwood (9) said.

A student feels exhausted before math class starts. She laid her head on the desk because of her exhaustion. "I don't feel ready for math, I'm so tired," Angel Underwood (9) said.

Ainsley Leonard

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While at school, many students tend to complain that they need more sleep. As a solution, the school should initiate more late start days. According to the National Sleep Foundation, teenagers age 14-17 need 8-10 hours of sleep. It says that sleep can help teenagers stay more alert, can increase memory retention, and prevent mood changes. The school should have late starts at least a couple of times a week. With a better sleeping pattern throughout the week, students will be more ready for the next day.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, “It’s more surprising to find teens in the U.S. today that get enough sleep than those who get too little.”

With enough sleep, students would be more likely to stay awake and pay better attention in class. Students don’t always think correctly when they lack in sleep. They tend to act out more, which causes disruptions in the class. Teachers would less likely get so mad at the students. With more sleep, students will be able to pay more attention to a lecture; therefore, they will be able to retain the information better, causing them to do well on their tests. Also, students wouldn’t fall asleep in class if they got to sleep in later.    

According to a survey created by the National Sleep Foundation, “at least once a week more than 28% of high school students fall asleep in school.”

Obviously, students have total control over what time they go to bed and wake up. Yet, at least an extra hour of sleep in the morning can guarantee more of a well-rested student. According to the Penn State News, if a school starts at at least 8:30, teenagers would be getting the required amount of sleep they need.

It also says that even teens that do go to bed on time because of an early school day “[don’t] get enough sleep possibly due to anticipation of an early wake time the following morning.”

Overall, the administration should take a closer look at adding an extra late start day every week. Even though more late starts would cause shorter class periods, students should be more awake and ready to learn; therefore, the whole class time would not necessarily be needed. With the students more awake and focused, teachers would be less stressed, therefore creating a more peaceful environment for learning.

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