Sleep research suggests that a teenager needs between eight and 10 hours of sleep every night. This is more than the amount a child or an adult needs. Yet most adolescents only get about 6.5 – 7.5 hours sleep per night, and some get less. One factor of this is that teenage brains produce melatonin (the sleeping hormone) on a delayed schedule, making them feel tired later on in the night. With early school timings, which are exaggerated here in the UAE, teenagers’ would be left with little sleep. Most schools open at 7:30am, meaning children would need to wake at roughly 6:30am. Also think about the average start time in the USA: 8:03am. This portrays that this is a global issue.
I understand that the heat is excessive in the UAE so children should be put out of school as early as possible, but there are many schools experimenting with later start times. Sure enough, teens are acting more awake, perform better academically and are more social. Let’s end the sleep deprivation together.