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Students Push for More Sleep

They are gathering signatures as part of a nationwide campaign to get schools to start later.

Local high school students are fighting for their right to snooze.

The local "Sleep Club," which is made up of students from the , are gathering signatures to urge officials to start schools later.

"The reason we started Sleep Club was because we saw no real reason to keep the school times the way they currently are," wrote Jason Luque, the club's president, in an email. "Students are suffering from sleep deprivation because they do not rest the full nine hours they should every night."

To sign the petition, click here.

Students are gathering signatures for the cause all over the country, said Terra Ziporyn Snider, a spokesperson for the Sleep Club.

"We plan to present (the petition) to national leaders in Washington DC if we get enough signatures. We'd like at least 5,000," she said via email.

For more information on the movement to push back the school start time, click here.

Carole Spears December 21, 2011 at 03:58 AM
i support it 1,000% ! for a number of reasons. my daughter had/has fibromyalgia during middle/high school & she suffered from insomnia (only at night)...i had to put her through private school & homeschool just so we could set our own schedule, so she could get through school (with A's & B's). some day, somewhere, someone, will get it...all people are unique and all needs are different...later start is needed for more reasons than just because kids need more sleep...i could go on and on and on and on ;-
Kelsey Miller December 21, 2011 at 07:46 AM
I find this completely ridiculous. Most students don't get the "full 9 hours of rest" because they choose not to. Maybe they should consider getting off Facebook a little earlier and not procrastinating on homework and get to bed at a reasonable hour so that they can wake up on time for school. I graduated 2009 from Chaparral High School. If I was tired at school I knew it was because it was my fault for staying up so late working on that project that I had procrastinated on, etc. Don't go blaming your "sleep deprivation" on school starting at 7:30 in the morning.
Terra Ziporyn Snider, Ph.D. December 21, 2011 at 12:33 PM
Kelsey-I can understand your reaction from the limited information in this article. But this issue is about a lot more than going to bed on time. The research on the problems associated with early high school start times is now so extensive that most doctors, nurses, psychologists, sleep scientists, educators, and policymakers familiar with it advocate starting high school much later than the pre-sunrise hours that became common a few decades back (largely to save $ on bus runs). Obviously early start times are not the ONLY cause of sleep deprivation in teens, but we now know that they play a major role, and one that can be remedied. For more information on the huge body of research showing why early high school hours are dangerous and counterproductive, see schoolstarttime.org. And for more information about the effort to change things, see StartSchoolLater.net
MFreebird December 21, 2011 at 02:40 PM
My brother, who lives in Seattle was surprised to find out that TVUSD still started school so early. Studies have shown that students who start school later do better in school.
Shannan Buffolino December 21, 2011 at 04:14 PM
I agree with kelsy and terra, so what I personally think is they can make the time just a little later, allowing the option to get more sleep in and I do know there are kids who have trouble getting to sleep even if they lay down in bed at 8...sometimes it just doesnt happen, and getting up at 6 or 630 is a little too early but I think they do this so kids get used to the real world...also kids ARE too addicted to facebook,I mean I know I am, but I dont have school.. and need to stay off the computer until they have their homework, projects, and THEN they can spend a half hour chatting it up..then really, be honest with ourselfs, get to bed at 9....but even then, with such busy lives, and keeping our kids busy with sports, and activities, which I think is happening more than it used to, is keeping our kids up late,my son doesnt get home from practice until 8 or 830 sometimes, nightly, so that catches up with them, but I also think that's what keeps our kids out of trouble..so come on, give them a little more sleep in the morning..these high school kids are staying active in sports, school clubs, programs, and they learn to juggle it all, but they are dragging sometimes with the added activities,,so I say,,,give them a little more sleep in the morning..
M. Dunn December 22, 2011 at 02:45 PM
People who think this is crazy should check out these (disturbing) youtube videos showing what we're asking of teenagers today: http://bit.ly/s514RN and http://bit.ly/rCYPNy . Where did we get the idea that it was okay to start school at the crack of dawn? Make you wonder what our priorities are, especially if you consider the research about how little sleep they're getting, what we ask of them throughout the rest of the day in terms of homework & sports practices, and the short- and longterm effects on their brains and bodies (not to mention public safety). This petition makes sense, common sense in fact! If schools can't do right by the kids, someone has to draw the line for them.
Terra Ziporyn Snider, Ph.D. January 06, 2012 at 03:15 PM
We now have over 1,800 names on the petition to start school later ( http://bit.ly/tWa4dS ), many from Temecula and surrounding areas. Thanks so much for your support, and please keep spreading the word!
TVOR January 06, 2012 at 11:42 PM
When I was in school my parents made me be in bed by 9 each night. I never suffered from sleep deprivation. Maybe if kids didn't stay up till 11 on school nights they would be getting enough sleep. I am not saying all these kids stay up late but if you have trouble sleeping there are many ways to address that.
Terra Ziporyn Snider, Ph.D. January 07, 2012 at 12:07 AM
TVOR, I appreciate your comment and have heard this from other people as well. And it's true-some kids are able to go to sleep at 9 and get up at 5 or 6 am with no problems. But there's now voluminous research showing that the vast majority of kids, and really, anyone ages 12-25, simply can't fall asleep before 11 p.m. even when they try to do so because of shifted circadian rhythms. Making matters worse is the huge amount of homework serious students now have, compounded by demands for long practices and rehearsals by extracurricular coaches & advisors. And, of course, many teens today spend a certain amount of time texting and playing video games when they should be sleeping, just as teens in the past spent time cruising, phoning, and hanging out with friends. So clearly early start times aren't the ONLY cause of sleep deprivation. However, there is no doubt in the medical and research community that they do play a substantial role in it, nor is there doubt that when start times are moved back, kids get more sleep and health, safety, and school performance improve. It's hard to fix everything, but start times are something we can fix, and doing so will make a huge and immediate difference for millions of kids. That's why this is so important. Then we can start talking about reasonable demands on kids, bedtimes, texting, etc.
Terra Ziporyn Snider, Ph.D. January 14, 2012 at 03:35 AM
Great news! We're now more than halfway to our goal of 5,000 names on the petition (http://bit.ly/tWa4dS), with many coming from Temecula and surrounding communities. If you support this effort, please keep sharing the word so we can take this petition to DC ASAP! Thanks again.
Terra Ziporyn Snider, Ph.D. February 20, 2012 at 07:46 PM
We're delivering this petition (http://bit.ly/tWa4dS) to members of Congress, including those representing Temecula, on March 6-8 if we get to goal of 5000 names by then. Right now we're at 3600, so please keep signing and sharing the link if you're tired of waiting for schools to "wake up" to the idea that it's time to put health and learning first. Meanwhile, thanks for all your support!
Mary King March 07, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Update: We're taking this petition (http://bit.ly/tWa4dS) to Capitol Hill in the morning. We only need about 75 signatures to make our goal of 5000! If you haven't signed yet, please sign now and ask your friends and family members to sign (anyone at least 15 years old can sign). Thanks so much from your East Coast friends!
Popeye March 08, 2012 at 05:09 AM
Important lesson for students. You will get enough sleep when you die. No petition needed...it's an absolute.

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