Late Starts to End Brain Farts

Starting school later would improve student’s physical and mental health. It’s no secret that teenagers require more sleep than adults, and schools should learn more about this.

Student falls asleep in class due to exhaustion from much work.

Student falls asleep in class due to exhaustion from much work.

Drew Blackburn, MHS Media Writer

According to CDC, “The American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that middle and high schools start at 8:30 a.m. or later to give students the opportunity to get the amount of sleep they need, but most American adolescents start school too early.”

By starting school later, students would have more time to sleep in the morning, which would lead to better academic performances, fewer absences, and improved overall health and growth. Students who get enough rest are more likely to be alert and attentive in class, which would lead to better academic performances on test and other important work.

Additionally, students who are well-rested are less likely to miss school due to being sick, which would lead to fewer absences.

School starting later could also help student athletes that are spending late nights on homework. It will help them keep up with work and sleep at the same time. Students being able to not drown in work and be well rested can show stronger testing grades on all levels.

Student falls asleep in class due to exhaustion from much work.(Faye Bouck )

In our years of schooling, we have all seen students fall asleep in class. When students are tired from staying up late due to homework, extracurricular activities, or sports, they tend to fall asleep in class. We could put a stop to this issue for students and teachers if we start school later.

Getting a good night’s rest is key for students to grow and help them to not burn themselves out so easily. You wouldn’t make your body run a marathon when under 4 hours of sleep, so why make your brain go through the same pain going through a whole day of school?