Dangers of sleep deprivation to teens

 

There have been numerous sleep studies focusing on the dangers that sleep deprivation causes to students, especially teens including:

  1. including an inability to concentrate
  2. poor grades
  3. drowsy-driving incidents
  4. anxiety
  5. depression
  6. thoughts of suicide
  7. even suicide attempts

Currently in PA according to  startschoollater.net  State Rep. Tim Briggs is reintroducing his legislation House Bill 2105 from last session as House Bill 762.  It will require the PA Department of Education to conduct a study of issues, benefits and options related to instituting a later start time to the school day in secondary schools. He currently has 15 co-signers to his bill, a mixture of Republicans and Democrats from suburban, urban and rural counties. This is the first step into creating change here in Pennsylvania.

According to Stanford University 

The most recent national poll shows that more than 87 percent of U.S. high school students get far less than the recommended eight to 10 hours of sleep each night.
Christopher Silas Neal

The Lotus School knows that this is something to be concerned about and that it will take time for larger schools and district to implement change., but being a small high school The Lotus School can adapt much quicker.

This is the reason we start our school day at 9:00 am, allowing our student to get the proper sleep they need in order to have a more productive school day and a well balanced education.