National Sleep Foundation

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Education is the most powerful weapon that you can use to change the world” (Mandela). Education has the capability to change ones’ life for the better if the individual is willing to put in the work. The United States places a significant emphasis on education, starting at a young age and continuing through young adulthood. In America, the education process is a twelve step system. The course begins when the child enters kindergarten at the age of five, attends grammar or elementary school for grades one through eight, high or secondary school for grades nine through twelve, and then enters college (The Columbia Encyclopedia). During the later years of schooling, a student accumulates a vast amount of knowledge critical to success at the collegiate level and later in life. With such an importance placed on these years of instruction, it is crucial students perform their best academically at all times (The Columbia Encyclopedia). With such a demand for academic superiority during these years, changing the start time of the schools to…show more content…
and lasts until 2:00 p.m. During these hours, students engage in meaningful instruction covering multiple subjects needed to succeed at the collegiate level. Studies conducted by the National Sleep Foundation show the amount of information retained by students correlates with how many hours of sleep each student amasses. The National Sleep Foundation estimates “On average students need 9 1/4 hours of sleep per night for optimal performance.”Very rarely do high-school students ever accumulate this many hours of sleep. “Hectic schedules with after school 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” all contribute to students not getting enough sleep (National Sleep

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