Alliteration aside, I’ve turned into an explosives expert as my two oldest little dudes have galloped into the horrible wastelands of teenagerdom. My middle little dude is especially hard to awaken. He’s got a beeping alarm that would wake the dead and send them off cruising for brains. Unfortunately, his stays soundly dead to the world. I have to get up there every morning, shake him awake and threaten him with death, dismemberment and destruction to get him out of bed.
It doesn’t help that I will sometimes find him up, reading, past 11:30 p.m.
Apparently, he’s not all to blame. According to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, early school start times, combined with a teenager’s need for eight to 10 hours of sleep, and their tendency to go to bed later than adults and you’ve got a recipe for logs impersonating our little dudes in the morning.
Going without enough sleep can ruin your mood, muddy your thinking and make you more susceptible to getting sick. So, really, not a good idea.
In fact, it’s getting so bad that the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are asking local school boards to see if they can start high school a little later. I gotta say, I think that late start is a good idea. When I was growing up, elementary, junior school and high school, all classes started at 8:30 a.m. That, at least, didn’t make me have to get up before dawn and get moving.
Heck, in college I structured my entire schedule around making sure I didn’t have to take any early morning classes. Which, now that I think about it, might explain a few things.
The next time your little dude complains about an early bedtime, remind them they need more sleep than adults and, if that doesn’t work, whip out the sawed-off bat and start thumping heads. Metaphorically speaking, of course.