The Negative Effects Teen Sleep Deprivation Has on School

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February 22, 2014 Dear Board of Education, Teenagers tend to obtain inadequate amounts of sleep on school nights. As a result, these students have problems with fatigue, alertness, grades, and stress during the early school day. In order to counter the harmful effects of sleep deprivation, school start times should be delayed so that teenagers are well rested and ready to focus in class. Teenagers are negatively impacted when consistently receiving a lack of sleep, especially in relation to school. According to Noland, Price, Dake, and Telljohann’s (2009) study on adolescent sleep behavior, teenagers need more sleep as the “majority of the participants indicated that not getting enough sleep had the following effects on them: being more tired during the day (93.7%), having difficulty paying attention (83.6%), lower grades (60.8%), increase in stress (59.0%), and having difficulty getting along with others (57.7%)” (p. 227). These stats prove that there are students who are experiencing the negative impacts from lack of sleep. Since the majority of the students in the study, 93.7%, state that they are tired during the day, and another 83.6% declare that they have concentration issues as a result, it is probable that this may apply to other students as well as the ones in the study. It is safe to conclude that these negative effects are reversible with healthier sleeping patterns. As part of the same (Noland and others, 2009) study, the conclusion of a later school day as a solution for teenagers was reached as “previous studies have determined that people who go to bed and rise at the same time each day, including the weekend, have a higher quality of sleep and are less likely to report sleep deprivation” (p. 229). This conclusion helps to prove that the idea of later school hours is beneficial. If students tend to get up late every day and get to bed at a late
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