Opinion By J1 Reporter Colleen Sully
“You don’t get enough sleep. Go to bed earlier. Why are you always tired? Wake up!” These statements circle through my ears each and every day. People all around me are constantly complaining about the lack of sleep each person got the night before. It has almost become a competition as to who got the least amount of sleep.
One of the worst things I hear when I complain about not getting enough sleep is: “If you manage your time better, you can go to bed earlier. You can’t have THAT much to do. Don’t be dramatic.” News flash: there’s just not enough hours in the day to go to school for eight hours, do homework for almost four hours, eat dinner, spend quality time with my family, have time to shower and relax or exercise, and get to bed at a decent time so that I can get seven to eight hours of sleep.
In order to get to school at least 30 minutes before class begins, I have to leave my house around 7 a.m. That means that I have to wake up at 6 so that I have enough time to eat, make my lunch, and defrost my car. But, in order for me to get eight hours of sleep, I would have to be in bed and asleep by 10 p.m. Any high school student can say with confidence that 10 p.m. is not a reasonable time considering how much we have in our schedules.
If school started even an hour later than it does, anxiety levels would decrease and students would be more in tune and ready to learn. The New York Times posted an article about a study proving that school starting later increases the amount of sleep teens received each night. Before the study, the students averaged at 6 hours and 50 minutes of sleep a night. When school started just 55 minutes later than before, students got a full 7 hours and 24 minutes. Grades went up by an average of 4.5 percent. This proves that a later starting time is beneficial for all.
I am usually zoned out for my first couple classes as I’m waiting for the caffeine from my coffee to finally kick in. If school started just a little bit later, teachers and students would be much happier.
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