An Argument Against the Proposition of a Later Start Time for High School
In a world that yearns for our alertness and hard work in ever increasing amounts and hours throughout our lives, sleep deprivation is a common condition among civilians in today’s society. This problem has become increasingly evident among teens according to many scientists. In their essays, the National Sleep Foundation, Dement and Vaughan, Danner and Phillips, and Carskadon discuss their studies and opinions on phase-delayed sleep, sleep deprivation, circadian timing, etc. Within the general consensus or their arguments, the authors propose that in order for the commonality of sleep-deprivation to decrease over time in teens, high schools must make their start times later than they currently are. Although these scientists have years of research to back up their propositions, they also admit it is highly plausible that doing so could also have negative or little effect on the adolescent students over time.
For this reason, in order for teens to not be overcome by sleep deprivation during their studies, students should change their schedules, not their high schools, by monitoring and adjusting for the demands of life in order to better accommodate for their own individual schedules and needs in order to be successful students and later be successful adults.
Ben Franklin once said, “Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” According to research conducted in 2006 by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), this adage also applies to teenagers (483). While gathering data from their research, the NSF came to the logical finding in their “Sleep in America” poll that wake and sleep patterns among teenagers are biologically determined (484). Within this biological network for adolescents, the usual tendency for teenagers is to go to bed late at night and wake up later the next morning (National Sleep Foundation 484). In a broad sense, this research indicates that early school bells stand in stark contrast with adolescents’ needs based on their sleep patterns, but it can be argued that the schools are to blame for causing adolescent sleep deprivation
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