by j1 reporter Anna Grace Cook
RING RING You hear the warning bell at 7:50 a.m., alarming students that class is starting and the day has officially begun. Girls start to shuffle to their first period of the day, still groggy and clutching to their coffee, waiting for the very last moment to throw away the liquid salvation. Many are still half asleep, as they make their way through the school day. Marian, along with schools across the nation, start school too early.
On average, adolescents and teenagers need more sleep than the average joe. Our brains are still developing and growing. But with the outrageous start time for school, many students are getting 8 or less hours of sleep each night due to extracurricular activities. Either that, or the student is a night owl verging on becoming an insomniac.
Now a days, students are not simply just students. They’re athletes, artists, actors, musicians, etc…the list could go on and on. Along with being more than just a student, teens participate in service work, clubs, and have jobs. A new American ideal could even be considered as a result of all that students take on: multitasking. As students we often times juggle several different activities in our busy schedule.
With all of these activities, sleep can be the last thing on a student’s mind. From finishing worksheets for a science class to staying late after school to perfect the school musical, girls at Marian can get stressed out. And with such an early start time for school, when students’ brains aren’t even functioning, seems a little cruel.
According to adolescent sleep studies performed at Stanford, they discovered “phase-delay”. Phase-delay, to sum up, is feeling more awake the longer one stays up. For teens in the study, phase-delay affected their internal clock, telling them to stay up longer when they were extremely tired.
Sleep is extremely important for the developing body and mind of a teenager. By going to bed at 11-12 p.m. or even later is extremely unhealthy for teens who should receive an average of about 8-9 plus hours to function properly. Though 8-9 hours isn’t the full amount of sleep that teens should get each night.
Without enough sleep, students can become less motivated and dedicated to their studies and extracurriculars.With all of this in mind, Marian should consider changing the school’s start time. A later start time will be beneficial to everyone, especially students.
At this time in our lives, trying to find our own identity and live up to high standards and expectations, we need as much sleep as we can get. That being said, more sleep could possibly be the answer to a lot questions and maybe even prevent caffeine addiction from becoming an epidemic at Marian.