Should Sleep be Sacrificed

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Does anyone feel tired? What, did you not get enough sleep last night? Did you know only 15% percent of 10,000 students got 8 ½ hours of sleep. And did you know researchers transposed the idea of how much sleep teens should get. Now they say its more like 9-10 hours for a healthy teen. That means that even out of the few students that got 8 ½ hours of sleep, even fewer got 9-10 hours.

Sleep plays an important role in our physical health. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. If we are deprived of our sleep it is a danger to the students in high school, middle school, and even elementary. Many studies on sleep deprivation in teens has been linked to the fact that schools start so early. I say enough is enough. Schools need to make their starts later in the morning.



- When The hormone leptin levels are dropped (which makes you feel full) with less leptin, you feel hungrier causing you to eat more, making you to gain weight.

- University of Pennsylvania researchers found that subjects who were limited to only 4.5 hours of sleep a night for one week reported feeling more stressed, angry, sad, and mentally exhausted. When the subjects resumed normal sleep, they reported a dramatic improvement in mood.

- In several experiments, people were asked to look over a series of words. Later they were tested on what they remembered. People who didn't sleep in between were much more likely to "remember" a word that they hadn't actually seen before.



A 2001 study showed that school administrators cited extracurricular activities as a major reason why high school campuses would rather start earlier in the day. Sports needing to practice outdoors have more daylight, and students walking home from these activities can take advantage of the extra daylight for their safety

Schools may also be able to save up to 30 percent on transportation costs by starting some campuses early and staggering start times within the district. This method saves money by allowing drivers to run more than one route at a time, so fewer buses and drivers are needed

Starting school early may eliminate the need for morning childcare if parents are able to drop off their kids before work



7 hours, thats it. In the past decade researchers have said that teenagers should get 7.5-8.5 hours of sleep, but more recently they have rechanted their ideas to healthy teens should have 9-10.5 hours of sleep.


the people in our class that get the most sleep are still right below the healthy standard



I hope that you have been informed on the flaws of our education systems and how getting sleep is very important and our schools are taking that away from their students.