Adolescent Sleep Needs and
Changing the Start Time of the School Day
"Sleep studies have shown
that teenagers' internal clocks are not compatible with the early hours of
most high schools. Recent research indicates that starting the school day
later can benefit teens and everyone around them."
~Kyla L. Wahlstrom, The High School Magazine, May 2000
When a teacher asks her class, "Should school start later?" she should expect a response. When the class meets the first period of the day, the students might whine in response, "It's first period," or, "It's Monday." If the same question is asked to a class meeting later in the day, students are more likely to respond with energetic and thoughtful questions. This site has been designed to provide insight into the reasons and implications of this situation.
by Sarah Umberger
was completed for ENG 318. To go back to
my student profile and Arcturus, please click here.