Rise and ShineBy Hannah Rizzi

Students tend to sleep in class, complain about being tired and barely make it through the school day. You may be wondering, “why is this?” This is because kids, not just in Ohio, but across the United States are waking up too early in the morning to attend school. Brandon Scott, Whetstone freshman states, “I wake up around 5 am, get ready, and then go to my bus stop. My bus normally gets to the stop at 6:35 a.m.. Since I have to wake up early, I tend to fall asleep occasionally in class.” It is a proven fact that the brain isn’t fully awake and able to start developing for the day until 10 a.m.. Sleep is a biological need that enhances mood, creativity, and your ability to problem solve.

It’s hard for students to make it through the school day when they’re running low on sleep. They’re trying to sleep in as long as possible in the morning which results in most teens skipping the most important meal of the day. “I usually don’t have enough time to eat breakfast in the morning. I wake up around 6:25 a.m.. I just feel like that’s too early. I know that there’s a study that shows that teenagers aren’t able to learn and function that early in the morning, and not having time for breakfast in the morning greatly impacts a student’s school day,” sophomore, Savannah Snyder said.

Students have to decide: Should I stay up late and study, or should I get some sleep for school tomorrow? Students increasingly give up sleep for studying and doing school work as they get older. This problem tends to get worse over time. “Teens who stay up late at night cramming,  are more likely to have academic problems the following day,” stated an article titled “Study or Sleep? For Better Grades, Teens Should Go to Bed Early” by Alexandra Sifferlin, a Time magazine writer.

To sum it up, a lack of sleep affects students drastically.  Starting school later would give more students time to sleep in and eat breakfast. Kayla Bennett, Whetstone sophomore said,“If school started later I feel like I would be able to focus more in class. I’d have a chance to get more sleep.”   These aren’t just excuses from lazy teens.  Research backs up the argument for a more student-friendly school schedule.

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