Sleep Deprivation Among High School Students

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Abstract This report will show that teenagers from the ages of 16 to 18 should not go to school so early in the morning. In order to prove this two surveys were distributed to various Milton High School students. The first survey tested the levels of sleep deprivation among the students, and the second determined whether the student was a morning or an evening type. The results showed that none of the students surveyed got the sleep that they needed for the day nor were they a morning type.

Sleep Deprivation "Late to Bed, Early to Rise Makes a Teenager…..Tired" (Martin, 1999). The title of an article that explains it all. If one was to wonder through the halls of Milton High School he/she would be in shock of the population that acts as a walking zombie during 1st and 2nd period. This is a result of lack of sleep, due to the amount of things crammed into one day.

If students did not get up so early for school life would be a lot less stressful for them, because as Martin said in his article, High School students need an average of 9 hours of sleep a night in order to function properly all day.

In the town of Minneapolis, Minnesota the school district thought sleep was so important they were willing to change the school starting from 7:15 am to 8:40 am throughout all the schools in the town. This was predicted to increase the academic performance of the students in the morning classes, because they were able to get the sleep they needed. After five years of this change they looked at the students grades, and attendance. The results showed minimal improvement in grades, and a significant improvement in attendance, proving that sleep was important in adolescence.