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Sleepy teens: A public health epidemic | Wendy Troxel | TEDxManhattanBeach

December 21, 2019

Translator: Joanna Pietrulewicz
Reviewer: Krystian Aparta It’s six o’clock in the morning, pitch black outside. My 14-year-old son
is fast asleep in his bed, sleeping the reckless,
deep sleep of a teenager. I flip on the light and physically
shake the poor boy awake, because I know that,
like ripping off a Band-Aid, it’s better to get it over with quickly. (Laughter) I have a friend who yells “Fire!”
just to rouse her sleeping teen. And another who got so fed up that she had to dump cold water
on her son’s head just to get him out of bed. Sound brutal … but perhaps familiar? Every morning I ask myself, “How can I — knowing what I know and doing what I do for a living — be doing this to my own son?” You see, I’m a sleep researcher. (Laughter) So I know far too much about sleep and the consequences of sleep loss. I know that I’m depriving my son
of the sleep he desperately needs as a rapidly growing teenager. I also know that by waking him up hours before his natural
biological clock tells him he’s ready, I’m literally robbing him of his dreams — the type of sleep most associated
with learning, memory consolidation and emotional processing. But it’s not just my kid
that’s being deprived of sleep. Sleep deprivation among
American teenagers is an epidemic. Only about one in 10 gets
the eight to 10 hours of sleep per night recommended by sleep scientists
and pediatricians. Now, if you’re thinking to yourself, “Phew, we’re doing good,
my kid’s getting eight hours,” remember, eight hours is the minimum recommendation. You’re barely passing. Eight hours is kind of like
getting a C on your report card. There are many factors
contributing to this epidemic, but a major factor preventing teens
from getting the sleep they need is actually a matter of public policy. Not hormones, social lives or Snapchat. Across the country, many schools are starting
around 7:30am or earlier, despite the fact that major
medical organizations recommend that middle and high school
start no earlier than 8:30am. These early start policies
have a direct effect on how much — or really how little sleep
American teenagers are getting. They’re also pitting
teenagers and their parents in a fundamentally unwinnable fight
against their own bodies. Around the time of puberty, teenagers experience a delay
in their biological clock, which determines when we feel most awake
and when we feel most sleepy. This is driven in part by a shift
in the release of the hormone melatonin. Teenagers’ bodies wait to start releasing
melatonin until around 11pm, which is two hours later than what
we see in adults or younger children. This means that waking a teenager up
at 6am is the biological equivalent of waking an adult up at 4am. On the unfortunate days
when I have to wake up at 4am, I’m a zombie. Functionally useless. I can’t think straight, I’m irritable, and I probably shouldn’t be driving a car. But this is how many American
teenagers feel every single school day. In fact, many of the, shall we say, unpleasant characteristics
that we chalk up to being a teenager — moodiness, irritability,
laziness, depression — could be a product
of chronic sleep deprivation. For many teens
battling chronic sleep loss, their go-to strategy to compensate
is consuming large quantities of caffeine in the form of venti frappuccinos, or energy drinks and shots. So essentially, we’ve got an entire population
of tired but wired youth. Advocates of sleep-friendly
start times know that adolescence is a period
of dramatic brain development, particularly in the parts of the brain that are responsible for those
higher order thinking processes, including reasoning, problem-solving
and good judgment. In other words, the very type
of brain activity that’s responsible for reining in those impulsive
and often risky behaviors that are so characteristic of adolescence and that are so terrifying
to us parents of teenagers. They know that like the rest of us, when teenagers don’t
get the sleep they need, their brains, their bodies
and behaviors suffer with both immediate and lasting effects. They can’t concentrate, their attention plummets and many will even show
behavioral signs that mimic ADHD. But the consequences of teen sleep loss
go well beyond the classroom, sadly contributing to many
of the mental health problems that skyrocket during adolescence, including substance use, depression and suicide. In our work with teens
from LA Unified School District, we found that teens with sleep problems were 55 percent more likely
to have used alcohol in the past month. In another study with over
30,000 high school students, they found that
for each hour of lost sleep, there was a 38 percent increase
in feeling sad or hopeless, and a 58 percent increase
in teen suicide attempts. And if that’s not enough, teens who skip out on sleep
are at increased risk for a host of physical health problems
that plague our country, including obesity,
heart disease and diabetes. Then there’s the risk
of putting a sleep-deprived teen, with a newly minted driver’s license, behind the wheel. Studies have shown that getting five hours
or less of sleep per night is the equivalent of driving with a blood
alcohol content above the legal limit. Advocates of sleep-friendly start times, and researchers in this area, have produced tremendous science showing the tremendous benefits
of later start times. The findings are unequivocal, and as a sleep scientist, I rarely get to speak
with that kind of certainty. Teens from districts
with later start times get more sleep. To the naysayers who may think
that if schools start later, teens will just stay up later, the truth is, their bedtimes stay the same, but their wake-up times get extended, resulting in more sleep. They’re more likely to show up for school; school absences dropped
by 25 percent in one district. And they’re less likely to drop out. Not surprisingly,
they do better academically. So this has real implications
for reducing the achievement gap. Standardized test scores
in math and reading go up by two to three percentage points. That’s as powerful as reducing class sizes
by one-third fewer students, or replacing a so-so teacher
in the classroom with a truly outstanding one. Their mental and physical health improves, and even their families are happier. I mean, who wouldn’t enjoy a little
more pleasantness from our teens, and a little less crankiness? Even their communities are safer because car crash rates go down — a 70 percent reduction in one district. Given these tremendous benefits, you might think, well, this is a no-brainer, right? So why have we as a society
failed to heed this call? Often the argument against later
start times goes something like this: “Why should we delay
start times for teenagers? We need to toughen them up
so they’re ready for the real world!” But that’s like saying
to the parent of a two-year-old, “Don’t let Johnny nap, or he won’t be ready for kindergarten.” (Laughter) Delaying start times also presents
many logistical challenges. Not just for students and their families, but for communities as a whole. Updating bus routes, increased transportation costs, impact on sports, care before or after school. These are the same concerns
that come up in district after district, time and again around the country as school start times are debated. And they’re legitimate concerns, but these are problems
we have to work through. They are not valid excuses for failing to do the right thing
for our children, which is to start middle and high schools
no earlier than 8:30am. And in districts around the country, big and small, who have made this change, they found that these fears
are often unfounded and far outweighed by the tremendous
benefits for student health and performance, and our collective public safety. So tomorrow morning, when coincidentally we get
to set our clocks back by an hour and you get that delicious
extra hour of sleep, and they day seems a little longer and a little more full of hope, think about the tremendous power of sleep. And think about what a gift it would be for our children to be able
to wake up naturally, in harmony with their own biology. Thank you, and pleasant dreams. (Applause)


  • Reply anything October 22, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    My English teacher from sixth grade has had a caffeine addiction for years now because she has to get to school at like 4/5 am??

  • Reply Leona Tomkins October 22, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    Our school in uk starts at 8.45 and i still have to get up at 6.30

  • Reply Max Wiggin October 22, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    This talk makes me appreciate my school's 8:30 start time.

    When I was in elementary school they moved the start time back 30 minutes from 8:00 to 8:30, I remember my dad being pissed, "It'll just make you lazy!". I wish I could show him this.

  • Reply chocolate con cafe October 22, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    Conclusión: déjenme dormir prras

  • Reply Tommy Leibow October 22, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    I wish I could get 8 hours?

  • Reply Bailey Jo October 23, 2019 at 4:16 am

    I wake up at 5:00am, get on the bus at 6:20am, get to school at 7:45am, get on the bus home at 2:37pm, get home at 4:00pm, bed time is 9:00pm. 8 hours of sleep, 4 hours for homework (excluding dinner time). Winters in our area are long and awful, with snow to my waist from October to March. Have to stand outside at 6:10 for 10 minutes waiting for the bus, which sometimes during the winter takes up to 40 minutes.

  • Reply Kylie Boumbendjé October 23, 2019 at 11:58 am

    Lol I literally go to school from 8am to 6pm almost everyday, with at most 3hours of "pause" per day, with homework when I get home, while doing sports 3hrs a week. It's crazy to think my case isn't even extreme lol ; I have friends who do the same, with at least 3hrs of academic sports every 4 days out of 5… 8hrs of sleep is a myth to me lol.

  • Reply Lennart Kimmel935 October 23, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    I'm watching this at 12 o clock in the evening

  • Reply Lucian Davidson October 24, 2019 at 7:09 am

    who tf are the 312 people that disliked this vid.

  • Reply Lucian Davidson October 24, 2019 at 7:25 am

    guys, the solution is obvious… sleep harder! i've tried this multiple times, and if you focus hard enough, you can get all the sleep you need!!!

    just clarifying, that was a joke. im hella tired all the time

  • Reply Steven Z. October 24, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    Literally all the adults are like, “Just go to bed earlier “

  • Reply Chris Andrew 2002 October 25, 2019 at 1:30 am

    Finally somebody spitting Some freaking facts

  • Reply Bondrewd The Lord of Dawn October 25, 2019 at 3:42 am

    Scientists: They need 8-10 hours of sleep
    Schools: ?? ?itch ?ie lmao

  • Reply Bondrewd The Lord of Dawn October 25, 2019 at 3:48 am

    This talk summed up in one image

  • Reply Bianca October 25, 2019 at 4:16 am

    and here I am at 1AM knowing I have to wake up by 6, remembering how I slept for only 3 hours yesterday…
    watching this video and panicking

    hoho life is fun

  • Reply Shy Thalia October 25, 2019 at 6:12 am

    Teenager: is sleepy
    Schools: Why are you sleepy?
    Also schools: It's probably those damn internet and online games.

  • Reply Anthony Hui October 25, 2019 at 6:57 am

    Me watching this at 1am in the morning while finishing up my homework.

  • Reply Rand0m411 October 25, 2019 at 9:26 am

    Wake up sleepy Teens.
    Oh, what can it mean to a
    Daydream believer and a
    Homecoming queen?

  • Reply shiniku October 25, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    In india, the latest schools start is 8 am. The gates close at 7:50 am and we aren't allowed to entre after that.

  • Reply Claudia Thompson October 26, 2019 at 1:04 am

    Me : watching a ted talk on teenage sleep deprivation and appalled
    Also me : a 14 year old watching a ted talk on teenage sleep deprivation and appalled at 2am

  • Reply Colton Jobes October 26, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    The benefits really are tReMEnDouS.

  • Reply Lucy Griffiths October 27, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    I thought 9 am was bad to start school…

  • Reply shiftclick October 28, 2019 at 4:02 am

    watching this at midnight and I have a unit test tomorrow

  • Reply tamra townsend October 28, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Question: if teen bedtime stay the same in placed where they wake up later then wouldnt it be easier to make bedtime sooner so that they get that perfect amount of sleep instead of trying to change all of society? Seems simpler. And I was a teen once. I promise you I remember that I purposefully went to bed later if I knew I had nowhere to be the next morning or if there was some other motivating factor, like a tv show. I would like to see the study where it showed teens kept to regular bedtimes. Younger children I would believe, but teens are more independent and tend to have a more flexible bed time.

  • Reply chinedu ogboh October 28, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    I don’t know but the people with 8 hours of sleep are usually lazier people tbh.

  • Reply chinedu ogboh October 28, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    This are all first world excuses…FR THEY ARE LAZEEEEEEEEEEEEE

  • Reply Mila Skibinski October 29, 2019 at 1:18 am

    Sends to schools principal

  • Reply xXDRdubbyXx October 29, 2019 at 1:47 am

    I sleep on average 13-16 hours whenever I don't have school, when I do have school I typically get less than 5 hours, around that.

  • Reply Amazed Alloy October 29, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    And then they tell you you're just lazy

  • Reply Eaglezz October 29, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    My school starts at 5:20 am (it’s not in the US

  • Reply Elise Schicker October 30, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    im sending this to my mom

  • Reply Michael Miller October 31, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    Health is THE top priority in life. Not "a", "one of", "important", "a top priority", THE TOP PRIORITY. Food, Water, Sleep, that's it.

  • Reply SweetToasted November 2, 2019 at 2:31 am

    Sciene and health department, dont reccomend it, state it.

  • Reply Karbin November 2, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    The fact that I have to watch this for a school assignment is extremely contradictory.

  • Reply anna Slavniy November 3, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    Used to drink coffee till i discovered Adderall

  • Reply aaditya pokharel November 5, 2019 at 5:55 am

    So that school should establish 2 hour of sleep class EVERYDAY instead of lectures class….This is what we want

  • Reply devika bhardwaj November 6, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    8-10 hours of sleep for me is a myth. i try hard to complete my 8 hour sleep from 1 to 6 but who is going to study extra at 4 or 5 before going to school+assignments+loads of homework and the main study

  • Reply Kate O November 6, 2019 at 10:26 pm


  • Reply claire ott November 8, 2019 at 5:09 am

    we know all of this and still do nothing

  • Reply Nikkya Ashley November 10, 2019 at 7:08 am

    Even if my school started at 8:30 I would still have to wake up at 6:00

    ( I'm also always late for school)

  • Reply Elizabeth Jackson November 10, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    So my middle school starts at 8:55 (the tardy bell) yet kids in my community live so far away we wake up at 6:00 am and still get to school late (we go on the school bus)

  • Reply anna eliza November 12, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    I came from school when I was watching this video and fell asleep cause I was too tired

  • Reply theboredbrowser November 13, 2019 at 3:53 am

    literally watching this at 2am and I'm in middle school lol

  • Reply Alana Acosta November 14, 2019 at 5:37 am

    her: “their brains release melatonin around 11pm”
    me: watching this at 10:35pm ?

  • Reply Ninja Sean November 16, 2019 at 12:15 am

    I almost got to school late for waking up at 7:00 am

  • Reply Plop Plop November 17, 2019 at 9:56 am

    I wake up at 9am for school i used to have to get up at 6am when i went to a normal highschool and talking about waking up at 6am brings back bad memories

  • Reply Audra Griffin November 17, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    my school starts at 9 am (:

  • Reply Oat Boi November 21, 2019 at 3:21 am

    Schools really do need to change. It’s crazy how they expect us to get enough sleep when most teens I know go to bed at 11pm.

    Currently I’m in 10th grade and I go to bed at 11-12ish mainly doing homework, wake up at 5 to get to school by 6:50 cause mine starts at 7 and I live 30 minutes away by bus, and right when I get home at 2:40 I’m in bed till 4-6pm to ketchup on sleep.

    It’s crazy. And my parents think I’m not managing my time well and try to wake me up from my naps but I tell them there’s no need cause I a mostly A student, but it’s been so hard to keep that up this year vs last.

  • Reply The poodle player November 22, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    i went to slep at 1 i was awake at 7. (i want to sleep till 10)

  • Reply Meemaw LeCat November 23, 2019 at 2:27 am

    Schools:(starts at 7:00am) I see no problem with this

  • Reply Kath VG November 24, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    When I was in grade 7, the school I went to started at 8:30 and I was super social and really happy. When I changed schools in grade 8, and had to be in by 8:00 I became super reclusive and moody in only a few weeks. It really is true, 8:30 is the minimum

  • Reply DopeAMean November 25, 2019 at 1:42 am

    Great, speech! I was referred to this video for a public speaking class! Enjoyed watching!

  • Reply Jun Magsy November 25, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    The dislikes are from school principals

  • Reply Pink Color November 25, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    When I was in middle school I had to get up even earlier than everyone else because my parents had to drop me off before their work. I was absolutely miserable- a seventh grader getting up at six every single day. My mom tried to compensate by forcing me to go to bed earlier, but I would sit awake in bed for hours, not able to fall asleep. In 8th grade I started homeschooling, and now that I'm in high school I get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. I feel so much better. I literally went from being miserable every single day (my parents still talk about what a brat I was) to actually feeling happy when I get up in the morning. And I don't get up around 10 or 11, I get up at eight and every once in a while nine. If school times were pushed back to 8:30, I feel like it would seriously make a huge difference for teens.

  • Reply Madi Peel November 27, 2019 at 8:15 am

    This is so true. In high school, especially senior year, I was incredibly stressed and every time I would have a bit of an emotional breakdown over all the stress and responsibilities, it came back to the realization that the majority of my problems would disappear if I could just get enough sleep (or even just an hour or two more, if a full 8 hours was too much to ask). It felt powerless, though, because there just weren't enough hours in the day to get everything I needed done and still get to bed at a reasonable time.

  • Reply Riyush Thakur November 27, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    The claims by major medical associations that school should start later is true but the reason schools haven't listened is because of extracurricular. If we start school later, we end school later and sports go deeper into the dark of night. That's the argument made by school districts

  • Reply tony November 28, 2019 at 8:43 am

    me at 3:43 AM

  • Reply Grey November 28, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    Now I just have to show this to everyone i know

  • Reply Gman December 1, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    For those poeple who blame the energy drink companies for the heart attacks
    Calm down its just caffinated Sparkling water with flavoring
    And that its your own fault and the education systems fault why they are alot like zombies they want caffine so they feel energized

  • Reply Hannah S. December 1, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    The middle school I went to started at 8 and the high school I go to starts at 7:15

  • Reply Spevaca December 2, 2019 at 6:34 am

    Anyone else a teen watching this at 1 am?

  • Reply The Potato December 3, 2019 at 2:09 am

    …is it bad that I go to bed at 1 and wake again at 3:30 to make sure I can do all my homework-

  • Reply MatthewWuzHere December 4, 2019 at 3:26 am

    For school I have to wake up at 5:00am at my moms house and 5:30am at my dads

  • Reply Ethan Power December 4, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    I have to wake up at 5 30 just to catch the bus lol

  • Reply ur lit dad December 5, 2019 at 12:43 am

    *laughs in having to wake up at 5*

  • Reply Sugar andKookies December 5, 2019 at 3:42 am

    shout out to my fellow teens with start times at 7:30A.M or those who wake up at 5:00A.M becuase their school is an hour away

  • Reply Tealquoise arts December 5, 2019 at 9:34 am

    Even if I get 10 hours of sleep I still have eye bags anyone else?

  • Reply Tealquoise arts December 5, 2019 at 9:40 am

    This is so true I only start to get sleepy at around 11pm

  • Reply Tealquoise arts December 5, 2019 at 9:46 am

    Dang if you think about it, school starts so early, YOU HAVE FAILED ME SOCIETY

  • Reply Sammi Animated December 5, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    There's this teacher at my school that asks the students if they feel okay and need a call home, not in a rude way but seriously concerned. Sometimes he even just lets them sleep. Wish there were more teachers like him :/

  • Reply Juliet Benn December 6, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    lol my school starts at 8.30 and sometimes 9.40 but i’m still out here getting 4-6 hrs of sleep

  • Reply Koe December 7, 2019 at 3:35 am

    My elementary School started at 9am my middle school started at 7:40am and my high school starts at 7:00am I

  • Reply Rudra Ray December 7, 2019 at 4:31 am

    Such a poor Audience….missing out on such good ONELINERS!!!

  • Reply The Gossip Tea Machine December 8, 2019 at 3:51 am

    Imagine being a stressed teen, sleeping at 3am, waking up at 5-6 am. Getting ready, leaving at 7am to school, starting at an early time to finish at 2-4pm. Having a mountain of homework, dealing with anxiety, having to put in school job/work hours. Doing extra curriculars to get into a good college. Going home late to do homework, eat, shower, have 1-2 hours to yourself. Repeat for 13 years of your life, go to college, get a job, work hard and just, die. Doesn’t seem fun, does it?

  • Reply Diana Cortez December 9, 2019 at 3:00 am

    zero period has entered the chat

  • Reply chloe etheridge December 10, 2019 at 5:24 am

    My school starts at 8 my mom work starts at 7 get to school at 6:50 wake up late every day so 6 run around stressing to get ready don’t get to sleep sometimes as late as 1- 2am that’s about 4- 5 hours not enough sleep

  • Reply Hi, Kpop and anime is my crack : D December 10, 2019 at 10:22 am

    Me a teenager watching this video at 2 in the morning: hm yes very interesting

  • Reply No one important December 10, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    See mom, it's not the phone.

  • Reply SurayaTheUnicorn December 10, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    Am I the only one who’s tired the entire day but when it’s gets to 8:30pm I’m extremely hyper and can’t sleep?

  • Reply Sockmonkey December 11, 2019 at 2:15 am

    listening to the possibilities seems so amazing but so out of reach. oh, how i wish i could start getting ready after it's light outside.

  • Reply random mess that i call myself December 11, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    Laughs in 10 minutes of sleep a day

  • Reply Neon Pink Productions December 11, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    2:37 Ha! School starts at 8 for me, and we just got a newsletter from the school saying that they would like us kids to be there by 7:30 to help minimalize traffic..

  • Reply Akira Nill December 12, 2019 at 3:28 am

    My school starts at 6:30 am, end at 3:00 pm and i have to wake up at 5am because it's a long way from my house to my school, I only can sleep 4-5 hours and sometimes can't sleep two o three days in a row

  • Reply Danyl 588 December 12, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    Schools: it's their damn phones and hoodies

  • Reply Ellary Mazerov December 14, 2019 at 3:09 am

    Bruh my school starts at 7:15!! I gotta wake up soooo early and I hate it

  • Reply Robert Reppert December 14, 2019 at 3:30 am

    Basketball game over at 9pm, home and down from the high of it 10pm homework until midnight, up at 6am to get to practice for sports/band/whatever lather rinse repeat. The only way to change all this is to THROW OUT extra curricular from schools. But that won’t change either so somehow the student is stuck in this forced rut then told its their fault for poor performance

  • Reply Caitlyn King December 14, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    My school starts at 8:30 but I still have to get up at 6 cause it takes 2 hours for me to get ready and then I walk to school which is about 10-15 minutes and I know some people who have to get up earlier.

  • Reply A&K edits/videos December 15, 2019 at 4:54 am

    Me: watching a video about how sleep is very important

    Also me: watching this at 1:30 am on a school night

  • Reply beserk December 15, 2019 at 8:34 am

    I sleep in 5th period science I get so sleep after lunch then when she calls my name I just said huh just so she can repeat the question or let me go but I can hear her and other

    Aswell there was annoying class science again couldn't sleep hr would tap my desk but she gave up aswell someone woke me up when I was sleeping while watching video a girl farted while everyone was quite the funniest thing I experience

    I always went late to school 8:40 something like that drop out
    Dont feel proud of it but it isnt teaching I have 50 100 tardies the office lady always had one paper write up cause she knows Im always late when all year until summer no I dont use alchohol nor u feel depressed sad or hopeless nope not even suicide guess

    My have heart disease I told my mom about gray line in my nail she doesnt believe it is but if I have to then I would die early and I dont care If i die and get it over with the only problem with Dying is what happen to my brain something memories my consciousness does it stay there idc if I need to sleep forever just wanna know nvm

  • Reply Rest December 16, 2019 at 2:26 am

    By 8:30 at my school a third lesson has already started and boy do we have fun

  • Reply Irina Sabiha December 16, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    That's why I sleep on the last bench during class??

  • Reply bxnburu December 17, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    My schools doors opens at 8:30am, and classes start at 9:00am. I have to get up at 7:30 each morning, hardly able to get out of bed. The worst of it is that by the time I get ready for school, there isn't enough time to have breakfast, so I usually have to starve until recess. We're a k-12 school so everyone gets recess during the day. I feel like the assignments and tests I do the worst on are always done first thing in the morning, which is usually when I'm still half of sleep, and then at the end of the day I'll have like 5 assignments due for the next day. The public school systems don't actually care for our health for what I've seen here

  • Reply HighGraphics13 December 18, 2019 at 3:37 am

    Science: "Teens need 8-10 hours of sleep"

    School: "we ride at dawn bitches"

  • Reply That one girl gamer December 18, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    8:30? Bruh, I don’t even get enough sleep when I go to bed at 10:00 and have to be at school by 9:00. School is killer, I would rather stay out late because I have school than get out early and loss sleep. ??

  • Reply Sarah Anderson December 19, 2019 at 1:40 am

    I get anywhere from 1-4 hours of sleep per night. I wake up very early to help my brain get ready and I feel less tired mentally during the day because I've had time to motivate myself. But, I also go to sleep very late due to homework or just having fun because I don't get much of a chance to during the day. It's not good for me, I know that, but I've already messed up myself too bad to go back easily. On weekends, I go to sleep around the same time as a normal school day and I wake up around the same time too. Last year, I messed up my sleep schedule so bad that even the entirety of summer vacation couldn't fix me. By the time I started this school year, my sleep schedule hadn't changed from the last year's and now it's even worse. I find myself unable to keep myself awake during certain times of the day. I get horrible migraines quite often and my focus is inaccurate.
    It's really messing with my head and I've felt the consequences. I can't complain to anyone because then they'd just say, "Well, why do you stay up so late? Why do you wake up so early?"
    The state of California is planning on pushing back start times, but to me, just an hour more isn't enough. In my opinion, we shouldn't start so early in the morning. We should start around 10AM to noon.
    Thanks, American public school system, thanks. I really appreciate it.

  • Reply PhoenixFire December 19, 2019 at 9:16 am

    "8 hours is the minimum"

    Teens: Yeah no

    Adults: Says you and what army?

    Teens: 40% of the entire population Us

  • Reply NedaMeda 1 December 19, 2019 at 11:10 am

    The fact that my classes start at 7:45 am and my parent's work at 9am really shows how schools don't care.

  • Reply no u December 19, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    welcome to capitalism smh

  • Reply mellymelly84 December 20, 2019 at 1:36 am

    School: did y’all hear sum

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