Why Teens Should Start School Later: Effect On Health And Academic Performance

We’ve all seen it: students falling asleep in class. Well it may even be happening to you right now. One second you’re trying to focus on what your teacher was saying and then your eyes get heavy and your head starts to drop. What is the causes?

Research has shown that teens need more sleep since their brains naturally start later and they want to go to bed later. Atleast every students need a minimum of eight hours of sleep.

Even the doctors say that starting school earlier in the morning prevents children and teenagers from getting a full night’s sleep, which can affect their health, safety and academic performance.



If the students are allowed to wake up later in the morning, they will be more focused during the day, more alert behind the wheel and less likely to be late to (or absent from) school.

Although teenagers should sleep 8 to 10 hours a night, a report shows that  almost 70% of high-school students only sleep for 7 hours or less on a regular basis.

That’s why delaying school start times may make more sense than enforcing earlier bedtimes.

If failed to do so, the effects of that might show up in their grades; such as falling asleep in class at least once a week, and studies consistently connect less sleep with lower grades in school and on standardized tests.

Students who don’t get the recommended amount of sleep also tend to have higher rates of anxiety and mood disorders, including depressive symptoms.


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