Why do we start school so early?

Sinead Maas, contributor

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We all know that we need some extra sleep in the mornings. A lot of us struggle in the mornings and we can not focus in school because of our lack of sleep. In many people’s opinions, including me, we need to start school a bit later.

According to many studies done, teenagers need more sleep than babies. We can’t get that amount when we have to start school at 8:30 in the morning. The high school students are starting at 8:00 when they need even more sleep than us.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep requirement for teens is about 10 

hours of sleep but the main reason that we are not getting that is because we start before 8:45 AM in the morning. Experts on sleep have started to weigh in on the matter and hundreds of schools  in 45 states have changed their starting time to later in the morning, so that the students can actually get enough sleep that they need for their body to stay healthy.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine along with 10,000 other people say that the later school starts the more that teens can benefit from it because they are wired to sleep in and stay up late.

American Academy of pediatrics say that “It asserts that if middle- and high-school students are allowed to wake up later in the morning, they’ll be more focused during the day, more alert behind the wheel and less likely to be late to (or absent from) school ”. 

It is scientifically proven that your mind is not ready to learn until 11:00 in the morning which is very important for some people because if they do not get the proper sleep that they need they can not function. “I think that school starts to early because at first period people would be more awake and energized to have a hard working day, if school started later,” says Lily Manning (7). A lot of people agree with this statement. “ When I have Math or History early in the morning, I am too tired to focus,” says Aaron Jefferson (7). In the end people will not change no matter what scientists say but hopefully in the end we will have a better starting school time.