Sleep needs



Sleep needs don’t change all that dramatically from late elementary through middle school into high school. What changes is the circadian rhythm of sleep and wake, and typically as you go into and through puberty your sleep and wake time shifts by as much as two hours. Teens simply can’t fall asleep as early as they did when they were 7 or 8 years old.  That is why many experts say the high school day should start later.

How about, say, 9:00 to 4:00?

One response to “Sleep needs

  1. I agree with this completely. At 13, I simply cannot fall asleep before about 9:30-9:45 unless I am absolutely worn out and exhausted from the day. Even if I’m tired from the night before, say I was up late finishing a paper, I still can’t fall asleep before then. As long as we’re still getting the same amount of class time, what’s wrong with starting and ending and hour later? I know that most of my classmates along with myself usually spend at least the first period of the day in a sleep-like state still trying to wake up. However, no matter how much sleep we got, everyone’s awake after about an hour of classes. You may not be super hyper and full of energy, but at least your eyes aren’t threatening to shut permanently. I’m pretty sure most kids wouldn’t mind continuing later into the day if it meant we could all sleep in.

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