Make School Start Time At NMHS Later
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"Adolescents today face a widespread chronic health problem: sleep deprivation. Although society often views sleep as a luxury that ambitious or active people cannot afford, research shows that getting enough sleep is a biological necessity, as important to good health as eating well or exercising. Teens are among those least likely to get enough sleep; while they need on average 9 1/4 hours of sleep per night for optimal performance, health and brain development, teens average fewer than 7 hours per school night by the end of high school, and most report feeling tired during the day (Wolfson & Carskadon, 1998). The roots of the problem include poor teen sleep habits that do not allow for enough hours of quality sleep; hectic schedules with afterschool activities and jobs, homework hours and family obligations; and a clash between societal demands, such as early school start times , and biological changes that put most teens on a later sleep-wake clock. As a result, when it is time to wake up for school, the adolescent’s body says it is still the middle of the night, and he or she has had too little sleep to feel rested and alert"(Sleepfoundation.org).
Many students at New Milford High School are unsatisfied with the current school start and bus arrival times, which forces many students to wake up at times such as 5:00 to 6:00 AM. During the winter months, this wakeup time occurs when it is dark outside, which eliminates one of the bodies signals that it is time to wake up. Students are increasingly more tired, which inhibits their ability to perform well in school, sports, and other activities. "Additionally, researchers found that insufficient sleep had just as negative an effect on students grades as binge drinking and marijuana use."(sites.psu.edu)
This petition proposes a later school start time, which would allow students to feel more well rested during the day and improve their test and classwork grades.
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