Persuasive Essay: Why Should School Start Late?

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The alarm rings. It reads 6:00 am. Tom slowly and grudgingly gets out of his bed and starts to get ready for the day. Tom is tired because he stayed up late cramming for a test that is today. He doesn’t have the time to grab breakfast and he is feeling really hungry. This story is a great example of many of the students across the nation. Many are struggling with the same problem trying to get up in the morning to get to school on time. Students study hard cramming for tests, staying up late. This is why it would be beneficial for students to have the time of school start later in the day. If the hours of school were moved to a couple hours later then students would most likely get the sleep that is needed for them and they would be able to …show more content…
This might be a conflict for some of the students. Because thye might get it in their mind that since school starts at 9 am I don’t have to go to bed till one or two in the morning. Which puts one back in the same situation as before hwere the student doesn’t get enough sleep. Many students could abuse the situation of having their school starting a little later in the day and then if It gets abused then It might be better to just keep it the same as it was before. Doctor James Everett of the American Economic journal states, “Even if school did start later, the teens would take advantage of that time by partying or watching TV instead of sleeping and they would wake up in the morning feeling just as tired as they would with their school starting …show more content…
It is what tells the body when it is tired and needs to go to sleep, and when your body is ready to wake up. Psychology.com defines the circadian rhythm as, “A 24-hour cycle that tells our bodies when to sleep and regulates many other physiological processes. This internal body clock is affected by environmental cues, like sunlight and temperature. When one 's circadian rhythm is disrupted, sleeping and eating patterns can run amok. A growing body of research is examining the adverse health effects a disrupted circadian rhythm can have, like increasing the chances of cardiovascular events.” It can be changed as a person would change their sleeping times. If a student is used to going to bed 12 am every night and then waking up at 7 am for school then their circadian rhythm is set to those certain times. This rhythm can be changed if one wanted to. Your body doesn’t adapt to it right away once it changes because it is used to the 12-7 am sleep time, so if a high school student wanted to change their sleeping habits and started going to bed around 10 o’ clock at night then they would be used to waking up 7 hours into their sleep. So they might wake up at 5 or 6 in the morning for the first couple of nights because the way that their body registers with the circadian rhythm. As the student practices the 10 pm sleep pattern then their body will adjust properly to the circadian rhythm

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