School can be very stressful at times. You have that essay that you have to turn in next week and that research paper that you didn’t even start on. You have a lot of work to do, but you have no time to sleep. We all know how you want to hop into your PJs and sleep, but how could you? You have all these assignments to turn in, so sleeping will do you absolutely no good, right?
You then decide to sleep late and wake up early in order to get a head start on your assignments. Obviously, sleeping every now and then won’t kill you, but sleep isn’t something you can’t just “miss out” on.
Why is sleeping important?
Sleep has several significant roles, both mentally and physically. It plays a part in repairing your heart and blood vessels. Sleep deprivation, or the lack of sleep, can increase the risk of heart and kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.
What makes you sleep?
Without getting into too much detail, let’s just say that your body has its own alarm clock, which is preparing your body to wake up or sleep. Your body has a 24 hour repeating routine.
How much sleep should you get to keep you and your body satisfied?
Studies show that teenagers usually get from 7 to 7 ¼ hours of sleep, even though they should be getting precisely 8 to 8 ¼ hours of sleep. Below is a chart of how much sleep people of different age groups should get from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
|Age||Recommended Amount of Sleep|
|Newborns||16–18 hours a day|
|Preschool-aged children||11–12 hours a day|
|School-aged children||At least 10 hours a day|
|Teens||9–10 hours a day|
|Adults (including the elderly)||7–8 hours a day|
What can you do to help you sleep better?
If you are struggling to finish your assignments or trying to prioritize your homework so it doesn’t affect your sleep, then you should try to get into the habit of having a steady bedtime. It might sound silly, but bedtimes can actually help you.
I definitely don’t want anything to get in the way of my beauty sleep, and I’m pretty sure you don’t too!
By Jana Mahmoud
Unknown Author. “Who is at Risk for Sleep Deprivation and Deficiency?” National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institue. Feb 22 2012. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sdd/atrisk
Unknown Author. “Sleep in Adolescents (13-18 years)” Nationwide Children’s. http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/sleep-in-adolescents