Teens Need More Sleep!

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For teens, the ring of their alarm clock at six in the morning is the most dreadful sound in the world. This is because their bodies are in sleep mode from about 11:00p.m. to 8:00a.m., yet they're forced to "rise and shine  at the wee hours of the morning. How does lack of sleep effect teens? Students, like the ones at Sunnyslope, often come to school too sleepy to learn or perform to their best abilities, and they can suffer dire consequences that could have been avoided. For these reasons and more, it is absolutely necessary for high schools to begin school no earlier than 9:00 in the morning.

First of all, making school begin later will improve students' health and demeanor. Teens need between 8 ½ to 9 ½ hours of sleep a night, however, according to the article "Sleep Trouble in School-Age Kids  by Patty Rhule, thirty percent of teens do not get enough sleep. Dr. Amy Wolfson, an associate professor of psychology and a sleep specialist, warns that sleep-deprivation can weaken the immune system. This makes teens more prone to getting sick and missing school, which might cause them to get behind in their classes. According to a study by the Center for Applied Research and Educatio

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