Madison VonHiltmayer ‘18 – On average, teenagers need around 8-10 hours of sleep to function at their maximum potential. However, completing this task can be quite a challenge: sports, jobs, homework, and technology make it nearly impossible to get the required amount of hours. Unfortunately, not getting enough rest results in several consequences.

Poor sleeping patterns can lead to serious illnesses, such as narcolepsy, insomnia, restless legs syndrome, and sleep apnea. Lack of sleep also makes one more prone to aggressive or inappropriate behavior at home or at school. Listening, learning, and focusing becomes much harder when sleeping for only five hours the night before.

It is safe to say that numerous students at Romeo High School and schools across the nation do not receive a full ten hours of sleep every night.

“I get about 6-7 hours of sleep each night. My phone keeps me up and so does getting home from sports late,” Chloe Lucci ‘19 said. “My lack of sleep definitely makes me more sleepy during school and it is much harder to concentrate.”

Today’s world thrives off of technology. The world is at our fingertips, giving us access to pretty much anything when we are bored. Between Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Youtube, and Netflix, it is an ongoing struggle to know when to set the phone down.

“I will admit, my phone definitely keeps me up at night,” Jared Czapski ‘18 said. “If I could improve my sleep schedule, turning my electronics off before I go to bed would help tremendously.”

Many students are often overwhelmed and stressed throughout the school week. Between hours of homework and studying, along with hours of work each night, teenagers do not always get a say in when they can go to bed.

“I usually go to bed at 11 on school nights and get around six hours of sleep. Homework, sports, and work make it difficult for me to go to bed at a decent time,” Taylor Timoszyk ‘17 said. “I would say 50% of the time, it is harder to focus when I don’t get a full night of rest. It makes me not want to be productive!”

Fortunately, there are many solutions to these exasperating sleep issues!

  • Make sleep a priority. Evaluate your sleep schedule and figure out what aspect you need to improve.
  • Take a quick nap.
  • Make sure your room is cool, quiet, and dark.
  • Establish a set bedtime.
  • Avoid coffee, tea, pop, and chocolate right before bed.  
  • Avoid exercise within a few hours of your bed time.  
  • Put electronics down an hour before bed.

Staying awake and alert can give you the reassurance you need to have a successful day, don’t let drowsiness ruin it!

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