Waking Up For School Causes My Big Under Eyes Michelle Burgos

Are your sleep habits interfering with your grades? If you are like the millions of middle and high school students across the country, the answer is probably yes. Teens are living high-tech lives today, and are finding it difficult to disconnect and shutdown at a reasonable time, resulting in too little sleep. Secondary schools should start at a later time because a lack of sleep can impact student health, safety, and academic performance.
Firstly, secondary schools should start at a later time because the lack of sleep can impact students health. The timing of sleep that is required for optimal health. Sleep deprivation's impacts include: weight gain and eating disorders and increased risk of obesity, cardiovascular problems, and diabetes; reduced immunity; depression; anxiety; substance abuse; mood swings; behavior problems; suicidal ideation; and potential impacts on brain development.” (Why We Must - and Can - Restore Safe & Healthy School Hours) This evidence supports my claim because not having enough sleep causes the students to have sleep deprivation. “Getting enough sleep is important for students’ health, safety, and academic performance,” said Anne Wheaton, the study’s lead author and epidemiologist in the CDC’s Division of Population Health said in a statement. “Early school start times, however, are preventing many adolescents from getting the sleep they need.” (Smithsonian) This other piece of evidence supports the claim because it comes from a person who has might have had this experience. The lack of sleep doesn’t only impact of students’ health, but it impacts on their safety too.
Also, Secondary schools should start at a later time because the lack of sleep can impact student safety. “Kids are out walking to the bus or driving to school in the dark for most of the school year in many communities. With few adults around, they are at risk. Drowsy driving increases - for our newest drivers. Teens released in the early afternoon (sometimes well before 2 p.m.!) have hours of unsupervised time until the typical adult work day ends. Sleep deprivation increases risk-taking behavior, substance abuse, and impedes judgment and decision-making ability.” (Why We Must - and Can - Restore Safe & Healthy School Hours) This piece of evidence supports my claim because it represents what would happen to kids if they don’t get enough sleep. They are in danger. They could get hurt. Sleep is food for the brain. During sleep, important body functions and brain activity occur. Skipping sleep can be harmful — even deadly, particularly if you are behind the wheel. You can look bad, you may feel moody, and you perform poorly. Sleepiness can make it hard to get along with your family and friends and hurt your scores on school exams, on the court or on the field. Remember: A brain that is hungry for sleep will get it, even when you don’t expect it. For example, drowsiness and falling asleep at the wheel cause more than 100,000 car crashes every year. When you do not get enough sleep, you are more likely to have an accident, injury and/or illness. This other piece of evidence supports my claim because it includes evidence of how many car crashes have happened because of the lack of sleep. On the other hand, some people disagree and they think that school should start at an earlier time.
It could be argued that schools should start early because it affects parent work schedules, transportation logistics, and effects of extracurricular activities . One of the biggest concerns about changing the time that school starts is parent work schedules. When school starts at 7:30, most parents can see their kids before they go to school. If school time changes, most parents won’t be able to still drive their kids to school and get to work on time. This is mainly a problem for parents of young children, who need supervision while getting ready for school and waiting for the bus. For teenagers, later starting time may lead to more responsibility such as getting themselves up on their own and getting their own breakfast. (Parent work schedules) This piece of evidence helps support the claim because parents might not have the time to drop off their kids and they might not be able to get to school in another way of transportation. Another issue is bus schedules and other transportation. Many school districts use the same buses for elementary and high school students. Delayed school times would affect this because if the same bus driver drops students off at the high school and then has to pick up elementary school students. Schools would have to delay both high school times and elementary school times or get additional buses to drive the elementary school students. (transportation logistics) Another issue is bus schedules and other transportation. Many school districts use the same buses for elementary and high school students. Delayed school times would affect this because if the same bus driver drops students off at the high school and then has to pick up elementary school students. Schools would have to delay both high school times and elementary school times or get additional buses to drive the elementary school students. (transportation logistics) This other piece of evidence helps support the claim because school districts share the same transportation to help get all the kids go to school. Lastly, students who participate in sports, or other extracurricular activities typically meet for several hours after school. If school times are later, that means that these activities would continue later on in the day. This would make it difficult for students to participate and still have enough time to study, finish homework, participate in social activities, get to work on time and still get to bed at a decent hour. (effects of extracurricular activities) This last piece of evidence helps support the claim because students have to stay after school for extracurricular activities. Once they’re done, they won’t have the time to finish their homework, they won’t have the time to socialize, or they won’t get to sleep at a decent time.Students usually have a certain type of behavior that isn’t pleasant to their surroundings. They are mostly cranky and they wouldn’t be in the mood to participate in class. This is why schools should start at a later time. Should schools start at a later time or should they start earlier?
Works Cited: Lewis, Danny. "Sleep Scientists Say School Days Should Start Later." Smithsonian Magazine. Smithsonian, 11 Sept. 2015. Web. 17 Nov. 2016. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sleep-scientists-say-school-days-should-start-later-180956565/?no-ist Unknown. “Should Schools Start Later In the Morning?” n.d https://sites.google.com/site/highschoolstartingtime101/products-services Start School Later, Inc. “Why We Must - and Can - Restore Safe & Healthy School Hours” 2011 - 2016 http://www.startschoollater.net/why-change.html

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