Essay On Sleep Deprivation In High School

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High school start times must be changed if we want our students to perform better
Teenagers today face a chronic health problem: Sleep deprivation. It’s not surprising that teenagers are sleep deprived, you may think. Young people seem busier than ever with everything they have going on. Hectic schedules, after school activities, jobs, homework and family obligations keeps our youth very busy each day. So busy that they don’t get the appropriate rest they need. Staying up late doing homework and getting up early for those demanding early school days. Sleep deprivation can cause serious health challenges for adolescents, like obesity, mental health problems, problem solving, social behavior and the ability to cope with stress. It can lead to lower academic performance and lower overall performance.
Studies at the National Sleep Foundation have shown that sleep depravation is a serious issue that can cause a lot of problems for our teens. Teenagers need on average 9 hours a sleep, most of them get between 6 or 7, which leaves them tired by time the alarm clock goes off.
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The school board in Ann Arbor, Michigan says that rescheduling bus routes and after school activities could become very difficult. Adding buses and bus drivers would increase the budget, and parents who rely on their older children to take care of their younger siblings worry that the new start times would create a problem in family schedules (Lindsay Knake, The Ann Arbor News, 2014). One resolution to transportation could be a flip between high school and elementary school. This requires no extra buses or drivers, just changes in the order of pick ups. The only concern is that the younger children would be at the bus stop very early in the mornings while its still dark outside. Other school districts have found that older students could get a bus passes since the yellow bus routes and the public transportation routes are almost the

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