Many researchers believe that students aren’t getting enough sleep to maintain a stable, healthy life. If students don’t sleep well then they won’t do well in school and lead a successful life.
Teen students’ need a later school start time for many reasons: it gives them the opportunity to get much needed sleep; it improves teens’ grades; and it helps them be healthier.
Science teacher Mrs. Frick said, “I think school should be pushed back an hour later. As much as I would like to sleep in, I know that students need it more than I do.”
A later school start time has a positive effect on students’ grades. A later start gives students a longer attention span and a better morning. In addition, schools with later start times have higher attendance rates.
Students getting up at the crack of dawn and dragging their sleepy selves to school won’t improve their performance. In fact, sleeping in schools has probably increased since the start time is now so early. In this case, the earlier, is not always better.
Science teacher Mr. Foster said, “Schools should not push back start times because the students would perform better in the morning, but not in the afternoon. No matter what the start time is, students will go to sleep later. Having an earlier start time basically makes them go to sleep earlier.”
The average teenager sleeps about seven to seven and a half hours every night, well below the nine and a quarter recommended.
According to The Sleep Foundation, “Teenagers need to sleep at least somewhere between nine and nine and a half hours every night.” Getting up two hours earlier while homework is piled on does not let us get the required amount of sleep.
Students need their sleep, but how should they get it?
Should St. James push back school times back an hour so that students can get their full nine hours? Doing so would cause school to end to end later at around 4, causing a lot students to be late for their jobs and potentially be fired just because someone wanted to sleep.
Maybe students should just work with the schedule they have, or maybe, something can be done about it.