Who’s to Blame for Sleep-Deprived Teenagers?

Who’s to Blame for Sleep-Deprived Teenagers?
Who’s to Blame for Sleep-Deprived Teenagers?

High school students see the problem differently.

To the Editor:

Re “End the Lessons in Sleep Deprivation,” by Henry Nicholls (Sunday Review, Sept. 23):

As a junior in high school, I don’t know anyone in my grade who gets more than seven hours of sleep a night, and many students get much less. It’s not because we’re lazy or wasting time; it’s because we have hours of homework.

Most of us are up until 11 p.m., midnight or later doing homework (much of which requires screens, which make falling asleep difficult). I have a friend who recently said how much he wishes that he had time to do simple things he enjoys, like riding his bike or cooking.

People forget that there are only 24 hours in a day. A 7:20 a.m. start time, homework, sports, social life, household chores and nine hours of sleep: all in 24 hours? I don’t think so.

Rachel Alper
Berkeley, Calif.

To the Editor:

Henry Nicholls blames school starting times for the lack of sleep that middle and high schoolers experience. But he also says “prying a teenager out of bed at 6 a.m. to get to school is the equivalent of waking an adult at 4 a.m.” — something not uncommon for adults in the work force.

If middle and high schools are truly meant to prepare for the real world, doesn’t managing a schedule fall into the hands of the student?

I am a high school student who enjoys going to bed at 10 and rising at the crack of dawn. But teenagers not getting enough sleep can just as easily be due to staying up late and not managing time efficiently.

These habits should be corrected by working adults, who depend on their management skills in the real world.

Forrest Hensiek
Sacramento

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