Dobie students, sleep experts say teens need more sleep

Lourdes Segura, Michael Martinez, and Kara Posey

The average amount of sleep a teenager needs to get is 9 ½ hours, but these days most teenagers get 5 to 6 hours of sleep due to staying up on their phones and watching TV. Study shows that a teenagers brain doesn’t fully function until 10:00 a.m.

Kids wake up at 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. to go to school. Sleep is very important for the human brain. If people do not get enough rest, your brain will not function easily. Study shows that at night when using your phone, it could effect your sleep. Even having a phone in the same room effects your sleep and how you rest.

School usually starts at 8:00 am in the morning and students say they need more sleep. Sleep is very important when it comes to using your brain. Many students show up tired to school and can’t focus. 

”I go to sleep at 8:30 pm and wake up at 5:00 a.m. and I am still tired,” said Dylan Wilmont.”

“I usually go to sleep around 9:30 and wake up around 6:30,” said Briana Barnes (8th). Students are supposed to get at least 8 to 9 hours of sleep. Homework is a main thing that keeps up students at night, some say.

Study shows that students do way better in school when getting lots of sleep. Also, another study shows that students do better in school when they do not get homework compared to when they do get homework.

“While the CDC may now be urging later start times, they don’t go quite as far as Kelley’s 10 AM proposal – in a statement, the CDC reports that an 8:30 AM start time would allow teenagers to get the recommended 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep a night, so long as they went to bed around 11 PM or 12 AM.” The CDC does not understand students don’t  get up  when the bell is about to ring; students need to time to get up and get ready.

Zander Witten (8th) says he is always tired.

“ I never can get enough sleep and I’m always exhausted at school,” Zander Witten.