Research ProjectResearch question: What causes poor sleep?What is considered good sleep? How can I achieve sufficient sleep? Is being on technology bad before bed? Those questions are thought about by many people each and every night. Mohandas Gandhi once said, “Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.” This quote is well known but for some people, they have trouble going to sleep. Many people around the world can’t fall asleep without tossing and turning, or waking up at night and there are several contributing factors. The use of smartphones late in the night, stress and early school start times are making that sleep deprivation worse.Generally speaking, earlier school times decrease the amount of sleep that children and young adults obtain each night. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), starting school later can benefit the sleep of teenagers by giving them an extra hour to two hours of sleep the need. Theoretically, children should have enough time after school to do their extra curricular activity, homework, eat dinner, and clean themselves up before they slumber for the night. ¬†But that’s not the case. Studies show that teens don’t usually go to bed until 11:00 pm and then, they have to wake up at 6:30 to get to school by 7:30. While many schools across the US still start school before 8:30, it is beneficial to teens to start after 8:30. Based on research, the schools that start after 8:30 have dropped 66% in tardiness, and math test scores have increased by 2 percentiles. Aside from homework and extracurriculars, teens are going through puberty, which makes their “internal sleep clocks” are turning back a few hours, and they are falling asleep later and waking up later. During the ages of 12-16, teen’s sleep schedules are changed. People who get more sleep tend to have better behavior at school as well as having¬†higher grades. As you can see, having schools start later increases the amount of sleep and increase educational behavior and test scores.