Sleep Deprivation of Students

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I don’t know about you but I like sleep and at George it seems there is lack of sleep due to the fact that our school starts at 7:30am. Students barely get any sleep on the weekday and it doesn’t help them when you say they have to be in class by 7:30am. Most of them go to sleep at midnight and wake up at 6am to get ready. That gives them less than 6 hours of sleep which is way below what the CDC recommends. 

With sleep loss comes many consequences. Without sleep you limit your ability to learn, listen, concentrate and solve problems. You may even forget important information like names, numbers, your homework or a date with a special person in your life. Lack of sleep can also contribute to acne and other skin issues. 

 “I usually get about two hours of sleep on weekdays,” say Aniyshea Matthews. Her performance in school, because of this isn’t the best. “It could be better,” vocalized Aniyshea. “I’m not as productive in the morning when I get seven hours of sleep,” pronounced Ariella Brown. According to the article, The Conversation, it’s been proven that teens who are sleep-deprived are significantly more likely to use cigarettes, drugs and alcohol. Not only are we making it harder for them to learn. But we’re also leading them towards drugs and alcohol.

Schools need a later start time. If they started later, students would be able to learn, and retain more stuff in school. It would also lead them away from drugs and alcohol. For the next generation, a later start time is critical to cultivate the minds that will change the future.

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