Parents and Students in Seattle have been pushing towards the goal of changing the start times of certain public schools for multiple reasons. First off, the commute for many students was a hassle. Many students had to wake up much earlier than necessary just to get to school on time. A Seattle public school parent who had been interviewed by John Higgins, a Seattle Times education editor said that her child had to wake up at 5:30 for an 8 a.m. start time.
According to the sleep experts at the sleep foundation, “Teens are among those least likely to get enough sleep; while they need on average 9 1/4 hours of sleep per night for optimal performance, health and brain development, teens average fewer than 7 hours per night...”
Teen sleep has been a study that has been going on for some time now. We are finally coming to the results that teens need more sleep than they are actually receiving. With all of the extracurricular activities, homework, social events and everything in between, it is really hard for us teens to get the sleep that we actually need. Homework
Obviously it is very important to get a good nights sleep but now we know how serious the effects of being sleep deprived for too long actually are. Now, more and more studies are revealing how being sleep deprived for too long can seriously screw up your sleeping pattern, cause in more fatigue, mood swings, and more importantly, a noticeable decline in students effort and work.