Students need more sleep.

Students need more sleep.

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Joyce Carter started this petition

Sleep is something that’s all kids need. But nowadays, the average student gets way less sleep then what is recommended. From after school jobs, homework and studying, the lack of sleep is really affecting how they preform in school. Not to mention the average attention span for minors (teenagers especially), which is fully open by 11 am.  With school starting at 8 am, what are their brains doing in that spare 3 hours? How hard is it to try and retain, and withhold the information from the lessons being taught through the day. So why not start school at a later time?

     According to Julie Gibbs, director of Health Promotion at Lafene Health Center. “70 percent of students are getting less than the recommended amount of sleep.” The American Academy of sleep medicine recommends teens to sleep for eight to ten hours a day. When students get less than eight hours of sleep, they are increasing their risk for health and behavioral problems, and poor academic preformance. “Chronic sleep loss contributes to higher rates of depression, suicidal ideation and obesity. Long term deprivation has also shown to be a factor in lower test scores, decreased attention span, tardiness, concentration and overall academic  achievement.” (Students Aren’t Getting Enough Sleep - School Starts To Early, Lahey, 2014). Sleep is so crucial for students today and the possible solution to this problem can be delaying the start time of schools.

     Because students aren’t getting aren’t getting enough sleep, schools should help resolve this by changing the start time from 8:30 a.m. In a research study on the delayed starting time of schools affect teen sleep, it showed an increase in a better rested and alert state of mind at school. We have to acknowledge the seriousness of the lack of sleep among students and make sure that they get the most out of their education. Let’s make this for every student in your community.

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