School starting time hurts students’ health

By Michelle Pinilla | Staff Writer

Throughout the years, school has been getting more exhausting for students due to the obligation to wake up early. Students have been complaining about school starting too early and prove it by falling asleep in class.

During this process of losing our focus in class, they get in trouble for not paying attention, putting their heads down or not participating in class, but do they ever ask why?

Although no one ever listens or seems to care, doctors are willing to change that.

In the beginning of the school year, pediatric doctors from the American Academy of Pediatrics published a new statement policy regarding the effects the students suffer by waking up too early.

On of the most familiar effects, obesity, is already a problem.

According to their technical report, “Sleep-deprived teens tend to eat more carbohydrates and fats with every hour of sleep that is lost, increasing the odds of obesity by 80 percent.

Then there are those who sleep late.

Adolescents who go to sleep at midnight or later are also more likely to suffer from depression and have suicidal thoughts.

What seemed to be just excuses has turned into a scary health issue. Even those without kids in school can still be affected by just driving to work and being stuck in traffic.

Delaying school would possibly be beneficial, especially for those who drive early in the morning.

“One community in Lexington, Ky., decreased the average crash rate for teenaged drivers by 16.5 percent after delaying high school start times by one hour,” a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine said.

Teenagers all have unique and busy schedules after school. At times it gets the best of them, and they end up going to bed late.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents contribute in helping their kids with avoiding scheduling events that might lead them to sleep late and enforce bedtimes for their kids.

Waking up too early for school leads to many problems for students. There are more negative effects than positive.

The best way to end exhaustion, obesity and possible deaths throughout the school day is to delay the time school starts. It will most likely enhance students’ performance.

“Setting the stage for good sleep now is an important habit that can make a difference in your child’s future health,” said Dr. Shu, a board-certified pediatrician in Atlanta.

Teachers will see the improvement of student performance and realize their poor actions were caused by lack of sleep.

Categories: Opinion

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