Should Students Get Enough Sleep At Night

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Are Students getting enough sleep at night for them to be mentally and physically prepared for a long school day? Schools that start later have improved performance in the classroom. Kids not only want to get up and go to school, but they feel more eager to learn. A teenager’s physical and mental health are very important, and they can be improved with a sufficient amount of sleep . Students will also be more attentive when driving to and from school cutting down on number of tickets as well as accidents. Schools need to push back their start times. Student’s performance, academics, and focus will be improved with later school start times. A study from the National Sleep Foundation found that, “Teens need about 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night to function best. Most teens do not get enough sleep — one study found that only 15% reported sleeping 8 1/2 hours on school nights.” If students get enough sleep they will have a sufficient amount of energy to pay attention in class and not doze off. All teachers hate when a student falls asleep during class. In most cases it isn’t even their fault, blame the schools start time. Classwork,…show more content…
Even Though students stay up late studying for tests, it is more beneficial to get rest. You can only study for so long. Most students can only study for a few hours before they have over studied and aren’t absorbing any information anymore. A study by Wake County in North Carolina found that “delaying the start of school by one hour could lead to a two to three percentile point increase in math and reading test scores.” (Sifferlin) Going to bed early rather than staying up late studying is more beneficial because you won’t have the energy or drive to take the test the next day. The SAT and ACT are great examples of this because you can’t study for these tests, so the best way to prepare yourself is to get a good night's
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