Many teenage high school students are tired
during the school day, distracting them
from their studies. That is just one of the many good reasons that the starting
time of school should be later in the day. Some people may say that the brain
not being fully functional until 9:30 is just a matter of opinion. Studies have
suggested that the average adolescent brain doesnít even start to fully
function until around 9:30 am. Many schools already use the suggested later
arrival time, so there students can be ready to learn when they arrive at
school. Another thing that everyone knows or remembers about high, school is all
of the homework that needs to be done for tomorrow. Plus projects that are due,
persuasive essays that need written, and the time you need to be a teenager.
Most students even have so much work that theyíll stay up all night just to
get it done. When needing a minimum of 9 hours of sleep as a teenager, getting
up at 6:30 to be ready for school is just not enough time. Itís easy to think
that students will just procrastinate even more, but the average teenager is
smarter than you may think. It sounds absurd to think that students sleep during
the school day. The fact is that many students fall asleep during class.
Remember that sleep isnít something you can make yourself not want. Throwing
water on your face, listening to loud music, or taking a shower cannot make your
bodies craving for sleep disappear. The fact is puberty demands more sleep.
There are also risks involved with not getting enough sleep. Most people will be
very sleepy and drowsy during the day, mood and behavioral problems, and even
increased vulnerability to drugs and alcohol. These things could also develop
more into serious sleeping disorders. Experts advise to not read or watch
television shows when unwinding from a day at school or work. Mary Carskadon of
Brown Universityís School of Medicine even believes that students donít need
anymore sleep than adults do, but Carskadon still recommends that the school
start time should be later in the daytime. The average high school student just
needs a little slack every once in while, they need a way to cope with being a
teen. The average teenager needs more sleep.