Early school starts causes teenagers go sleepless

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With teens, it has always been more like play and less sleep, but the current standards of the lack of sleep among the teenagers, are posing some serious questions! The added trouble is the school timings all across the states. According to a recently concluded survey, it is clear that most of the students start their day at School a bit too early, thus leading to lack of proper sleep. Sleep deprivation can result in quite a few issues in individuals of age less than 20 years.

Researchers now say that the transition for high school kids from late summer nights to the abrasive early wake ups for class is hard not only because they miss the fun they had during their break.The internal sleep clock, which is called circadian rhythm, in many teenagers naturally encourages the body to stay up later into the evening, the shift makes it harder for them to wake up early in the morning.

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Approximately 80% of the schools all across have their first classes from 8 A.M, which is too early to start the school. The National Sleep Foundation has stated that it is to a certain extent mandatory for individuals between the ages of 14 to 17, to get at least a night’s sleep of 10 hours.

Lack of proper sleep can lead to innumerable heath risks, including issues like overweight, increase in consumption of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, etc. In addition, it can also have adverse effects on the academic results of the students.

On the other hand, the point that many students work part time jobs after school has to be considered as well. Various individuals have claimed that relaxing the school timings might as well affect the after school work for many students. The experts have proposed to change the school timings to 8.30 A.M., such that the students can gain 30 minutes of extra sleep and no adverse effect comes down of the part time jobs as well.

The parents will also have to play a major role in this regard. The parents are urged that they should switch off all the electronic gadgets, which includes television, computers, music system, approximately 1 hour before sleep. This will in turn help to calm down the sense and have a proper sleep.

“Getting enough sleep is important for students’ health, safety, and academic performance,” Anne Wheaton, PhD, lead author and epidemiologist in the CDC’s Division of Population Health, said in a news release. “Early school start times, however, are preventing many adolescents from getting the sleep they need.”

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