Should School Start Later

April 27, 2016

 

I finally made it! I finished my last English coursework! And now? Now I am exhausted. I seem to be on a never ending roller coaster of completing essential work and find myself constantly pinching my arms so that I don't fall asleep in class after another night of hard work. But it isn't just me... who isn't trying to stay awake during class? You might think I am overreacting, but I’m not joking about trying to open my half-droopy eyes. I bet all of you agree to the fact that sometimes, classes can be boring and tiring and this is just made worse by the fact we have to get up so early. If you are on my side of the issue, this is just the right article for you to read…

 

Have you ever noticed the students in your classroom during lessons? Well, take a look around you: you will find a teacher in front of the class and the students sitting at their desks, taking notes. Now, look closer. You will find that some of the students dozing off - leaving a slimy puddle of drool on their desk. Yuck! As we grow older, we literally have NO time left for ourselves and this means that when we get to school, we are exhausted! Wake up at 6 a.m., go to school, spend 8 hours listening to teachers, then go to practices and meetings after school, and then come home with loads of homework to complete for the next day. We are simply not getting enough sleep – especially when we are staying awake till 2 a.m. doing homework, projects and coursework. So how can we solve such an important issue that can affect our lives? Yes, by starting school later in the morning. And I can prove it...

 

Harvard, one of the most prestigious universities in the world, studied a large amount of people who sleep less than six hours a night. And what did they conclude? The found that sleep is vital for the success of their students. More sleep improved both learning and memory, and lack of sleep impacts our health, safety, and longevity. Who wouldn't take advice from Harvard? I would. If schools all over the world delayed the starting time, teachers are most likely to see a huge improvement on test scores, behaviour and student health. Wouldn't that be great for both students and teachers? I wouldn't mind getting BETTER grades in school after a good night's sleep.

 

Have you ever noticed yourself getting irritated, impatient and moody during the day? If so, get some sleep and chill. Harvard has also concluded that students who have a lack of sleep face these issues. Moreover, you are also more likely to gain weight due to lack of sleep due to having an irregular heartbeat. And as a high-school student, I have faced these issues countless times - I really do know what it feels like getting lack of sleep. So, in conclusion, high schools all over the world should start at a later time in order for students to get better grades, have a decrease in emotional health issues and prevent the risks of having a defect in physical health.

 

* Find out more about Harvard's sleep studies click here

 

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