Are Teenagers Actually Getting Enough Sleep?

Hiya Bhavsar

Hiya Bhavsar is a middle school student in NJ. She is also a blog writer @ Accel Learning.

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sleeping teenMore school districts are waking up to the reality that teenage students are sleep-deprived. A recent study shows that nine-out -of -ten students aren’t getting the rest their bodies need. That has raised a question in the educators mind on what to do. Many school districts are debating on whether to let school timings be an hour later or not.
The American Academy of Pediatrics say that teens need 8.5-9.5 hours of sleep each night, and they are not getting that. At most they are getting eight hours of sleep. Due to this they can’t concentrate in schoolwork, sports, and tests. Lack of sleep has been associated with behavior problems. This is tough on their development bodies and brains. It also raises the chance of obesity and, for older kids, there’s a significantly higher risk of car accidents.
During this age children are going through puberty and their body clocks aren’t working well enough. Due to their sleep hormone spiking into their body, their body clock changes. Instead of going to sleep at eight o’ clock they tend to sleep around ten thirty or eleven.
If you do the math the teenagers are only getting seven or at most seven and a half hour of sleep for a seven thirty school time. Many school districts are thinking about opening their school a half an hour later than usually. The problem with that is the students will have to stay in school a half an hour later. This will leave less room for extra- curricular activates.
The biggest debate on this is whether it is smart to start school later in the day and stay a later time at school or wake up in the morning for another tiresome school day. What’s your pick?


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