America's High School Students are at Risk

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According to a 2006 National Sleep Foundation poll, the organization’s most recent survey of teen sleep, more than 87 percent of high school students in the United States get far less than the recommended eight to 10 hours, and the amount of time they sleep is decreasing. Students at Eastlake High school and others across the United States are not immune to the dangers of sleep deprivation. Students are expected to be at school by 7:00am and students need to wake up at 6:00am to ensure they are not late for school, this means in order to get the bare minimum of recommended sleep students must be asleep by 10:00pm something that is not a reality. Students are faced with extracurriculars after school that last several hours followed by homework into the early hours of the morning. According to Stanford University, "Sleep deprivation increases the likelihood teens will suffer myriad negative consequences, including an inability to concentrate, poor grades, drowsy-driving incidents, anxiety, depression, thoughts of suicide and even suicide attempts." Almost every single high school student knows the feeling of doing homework at 1:30am and having to wake up 5 hours later feeling terrible the next day. I propose that Eastlake high school and all other high schools in the United States start at a minimum of 9:00am. All teens should be getting at least 8 hours of sleep. 



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