I'm sure that many teenagers can relate when I say that there just isn't enough time in the day to get a full night of sleep. We've all heard about how teenagers need 9-10 hours of sleep to properly function, but is that even possible? By the time we get home, which is quite late for those who have activities after school, eat and finish our homework, the thought of getting a good night of sleep has already been thrown out the window. Realistically, teens are getting less than 8 hours of sleep a night, which can have unfortunate consequences. Teens who don't get enough sleep have difficulties concentrating, reduced performance in school and sports, memory impairment and more risky behaviors. Not only are obligations getting in the way of a proper amount of sleep, but our bodies themselves are as well. Teenagers' circadian rhythm prevents them from easily falling asleep until 11pm. So what can we do to fix this? California is beginning to work toward a solution by trying to pass a law that states that high schools can not start any earlier than 8:30am. While there are small tips for how teens can help themselves with their sleep schedule, there is a limit to how much can be done. A lot of the responsibility falls on schools and how early they start, so for the time being we can just hope that they recognize the effect of their start time.
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