Waking up to the value of sleep for high school students

A SCHOOL in Victoria is looking at giving high school students the option to start at 9.30am or 10.30am to ensure they get the recommended 10 hours sleep they need, and many don't function well before 10am.

The Bulletin asked readers if they thought a later start to the day would be better for teenagers in Rockhampton.

Hayley Balderston - Take ALL technology off them and they will get more hours sleep!

Alyson Hockey - No...

Tracey Sorensen - From experience, I say yes. We have hired a number of young teenager "creative designers" in our business in the past and we never started them at work until about 10am. Their developing brain doesn't kick in until later in the morning, so it was a waste to have them start earlier and not be productive. They were also studying at uni, so as "casuals", this work roster worked well for them and our business. We had the work kitchen stocked with chocolate and coffee for the necessary sweet and caffeine pick-me-ups.

Grey Wombat - Will future employers be so accommodating?

Carley Elliott - Research shows that teenagers aren't just lazy, they have a different circadian rhythm during this period and their body doesn't produce melatonin until around 11pm, and continues until well into the morning.

It's not poor parenting, technology, but physiological processes that make teenagers much less able to go to sleep and wake up early.

Anyone who has had a baby knows the effects of sleep deprivation on your ability to concentrate, and this is what many teenagers are dealing with every day through no fault of their own. I have no doubt there are also links between this sleep deprivation and mental health issues.

Justin Hawley - The world is soft enough as is without changing school start times because precious can't get out of bed in time. What a joke. This is just conditioning people for laziness. They'll get a rude shock once they get into the real world.

Caroline Meakin - Previous studies show that teenagers' bodies aren't ready for sleep before around 11pm.

Candice Martin - I'm forit.

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