The Importance Of A Later Start Time
Sleep is important. We all know this; It is part of our health and overall well being, however, school requires adolescence to wake up earlier than what their body wants them to. Reasons why I believe schools should start later is that teens bodies have and are going through changes causing sleep schedules to be different from children and adults. A later start time would help accommodate those changes. Another reason is that learning and school habits have improved, and lastly, starting later is better for teenagers mental and physical health.
In the first place, teens are going through changes like puberty. In order for your body to grow and develop you have to get enough sleep. If school starts later you will be able to have a proper and healthy breakfast plus time to actually wake up. “Time Magazine” says, “Data shows that puberty may biologically wire teens to stay up late and wake up late...Something about the hormonal changes occurring during that period of development shifts their body clocks, which regulates the balance between sleeping and walking, later, like daylight savings in reverse.” It is important for students’ because with their growing bodies and developing brains they need the proper amount of sleep, and going to bed earlier isn’t the solution.
In addition to helping teenagers sleeping habits, it is also better for one’s concentration. The average student needs about ten hours of sleep; however, most students, especially teens, only get around seven hours of sleep. If school started later students would be able to sleep in and therefore get more sleep which would increase their concentration in class, “Scientific American” explains, “After a semester, when school began at 8:35 or later, grades earned in math, English, science, and social studies typically rose a quarter step...later start times correlated with higher scores in math and reading. Still other studies indicate that delaying...