How Teens Can Go to School Earlier
Beginning a new school year is never an easy task. There are new routines to be introduced, a newly assigned schedule to follow, new teachers to learn and more. It’s not that it’s easier for some of us to do than for others, but it’s certainly less nerve wracking for those who are teens. Most kids probably prefer waking up earlier because if there is any part of their day that’s time consuming and relentless, it’s probably preparing for school. However, there is a downside to this, most teens are usually left to their own devices during the morning rush.
But, thanks to a little help from their friends (and without the bit of parental supervision on top of it) those teens can still find a way to make it through some of the most dreaded parts of their school day. Especially if they can start off the day an hour later – which is recommended by the state. But are it truly that easy to make it to school? Can those early morning droves actually be met with some of the very best benefits?
You’re Hard at Work
Teens have typically missed out on the positives of night classes due to the late hour, now that morning classes are starting earlier. Putting that new rest time in the hands of teens is quite a valuable bonus, when most teens are already experiencing the lows that sleep deprivation can bring. That sleeping those extra hours can do wonders for your entire teen’s performance and skin tone, and a whole host of other things you may not even notice. That extra hour of sleep often also extends the school day. So, it’s not the time you want to spend on sleep anymore, but you will get a long afternoon where you can really enjoy it. Your sleep deprivation is going to pay off in the long run!
Or, they could be eating more fruits and vegetables. One study found that a lack of fruit intake caused sluggishness, shakiness, and sluggishness. That’s not exactly the kind of tired that a new class is going to get you. Eating your way through the morning (without too much caffeine!) will improve your body’s condition and brainpower. Nutrition aids include greens and foods rich in fiber, which will help your digestive system and your heart health. It’s all about the endurance, and most teens will be working very hard these days.
Unlike kids, teenagers have much more of a personality than they were during their younger years. They are more conscious of things now, and they pay more attention to how things affect them. They don’t want to make a mistake, or they don’t want to look foolish if they start to panic in class, and there’s nothing worse than being caught as a failure. So, being honest and mature will get your through those things.
All in all, a later school start time will be great for a whole host of things, and a big advantage for those teens with morning sickness. From a social perspective, a later start time will make room for that extra time with your friends, as you can stop the endless rounds of “getting to school” and “going to bed” and come together as a group. It’s essential for the emotional health of teens, as there can be so much pressure in the middle of a huge day, whether or not they can make it to school. A 12-hour study session can be tiring!
About Ki Sung
Ki Sung Koo, MSc, RPH, PNP, CPM, CDPP is a nutrition expert and contributor to Gourmet Glow. He is also a clinical research fellow, a board member of Young Scientist Seminar and Changwon Food Institute at Changwon University, Seoul, Korea. Ki owns a wellness and nutrition consulting practice, KAI – Healthy Food, Modern Living. Ki and his practice specialize in nutrition management, weight management, lifestyle training, and personal training, through the help of state-of-the-art nutrition therapies. His work focuses on developing and promoting the idea of “human well-being in eating,” as well as offering knowledge, techniques, and informative advice to help consumers optimize their health.