School Start Times By: Robel Aklilu

Schools should start later because students need enough sleep, sleep deprivation causes irreversible brain damage, and students work better with more sleep.
According to says, “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” (NSF).
A article by states, “researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have now linked extended wakefulness with injury to, and loss of, neurons that are essential for alertness and optimal cognition” (Kwan).
According to an article by The Wall Street Journal, “‘The surprising thing was the later bedtimes weren't significantly affecting children's test scores once we took other factors into account," said Amanda Sacker, director of the International Center for Lifecourse Studies in Society and Health at University College London and a co-author of the study.’”

That being said in a recent study by it says, “Biological sleep patterns shift toward later times for both sleeping and waking during adolescence -- meaning it is natural to not be able to fall asleep before 11:00 pm” (NSF).

Overall it is better that this generation and future generations are healthier and can give their best effort to education instead of doing less than their best just because they didn’t get enough sleep.
National Sleep Foundation. "TEENS AND SLEEP.", edited by National Sleep Foundation, 2016, Accessed 14 Nov. 2016. The Wall Street Journal. "New study shows why you should get the kids to bed on time.", edited by Fox News, 31 July 2013, Accessed 14 Nov. 2016. Kwan, Nicole. "Lost sleep leads to lost brain cells, says study.", edited by Fox News, 19 Mar. 2014, Accessed 14 Nov. 2016

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