Early school starts can turn teens into ‘zombies’


 Studies show that school start time should be pushed back for teens.  The CDC says that high school students are like zombies because they are so tired when they get to school. The AAP says that higher risks of obesity, depression, or even car accidents can happen because of teens not getting enough sleep. Starting school earlier than 8:30 am means that teens do not get enough sleep. Parents don’t know how much sleep teens need. Based on biology, teens cannot go to bed earlier. Every year from 10 to 20 years old, a teenager’s body clock pushes their bedtime back by 12 to 18 minutes. Middle and high school students need 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep a night. Most do not get enough sleep, and their parents think they get enough sleep when they really don’t.  Teens drink caffeine to help them finish their assignments, but the caffeine makes them stay awake. Also, if a teen uses electronic devices before bed, the blue light makes the brain think that it is daytime. This makes it harder to fall asleep. The doctors are recommending that teens not use electronics before bed, not drink caffeine before bed, and try to take 15 to 30 minute naps after school. Doctors are recommending that schools start later so kids can sleep later and better because they can’t go to bed earlier because their bodies won’t let them.     

 This article is important to science and the world because it tells the world that kids can’t fall asleep earlier than a certain time, and trying to make them go to bed earlier won’t help. It tells the world that kids are tired and it isn’t their fault. Their brains and their bodies won’t let them go to bed earlier because they aren’t tired. It is new news because parents always tell their teens to go to bed earlier if they are tired, but now we know it isn’t the teens’ fault they are tired in the early morning. They are tired because they go to bed late and they wake up too early. I chose this article because I find it hard to go to bed at night and wake up early in the morning. 

 By Cornelia 4T

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2 Responses to Early school starts can turn teens into ‘zombies’

  1. Jack 40 says:

    Nice job, Corneilia! I found your article very interesting.

  2. Evelyn M. says:

    That was a very interesting article and definitely really important. Great job!

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