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Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

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Brianna Jacobs, Writer

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High school teenage students typically need about 9 hours of sleep a night. The average teen gets about 7 hours. But due to obligations such as early school start times and late nights finishing lengthy homework, many get less than needed. Lack of sleep affects school performance, as students may be too tired and exhausted to focus and pay attention. Sleep deprivation also affects the moods and and behaviors of students.

With the final rounds of make-up testing happening, and the upcoming PSAT and SAT tests, students should be getting rest to be able to perform well, but some are wide awake in the wee hours of the night thinking about the tests.

Here are what some fellow Lake Nona High students said about their sleeping habits:

 

“I usually end up in bed at around 11 and wake up at 6. I do feel tired a lot.”

– Jusiyah Shirley (11)

 

“I try to go to bed at about 11 to 11:30, and wake up at about 6:15.”

– Cedric Clay (11)

 

These two students are getting the average amount of sleep of 7 hours, but not all students are like this. Here are 3 tips on what you can try to do to get enough sleep.

1. Put the Phone Away

Yes, yes, you may be chatting with your bestie or significant other until 3 am, but is that really helping either of you? Your body’s Circadian rhythm will go out of sync, and sleeping schedule will make you all wacky inside. Try and put your phone away and hour or so before bed, this will help your body settle into sleepy-time mode.

2. Not So Bright, Please.

If you just CAN’T put your phone down, at least turn down the brightness. The blue light your phone emits affects how sleep. Your brain will start to think it’s daytime when it’s really time for you to put on some pj’s and go to bed!

3. Try Starting a Bedtime Routine

Remember when you were a kid and your mom would read a bedtime story before you dozed off? Maybe you had a glass of water or snuggled with Ellie the Elephant before actually falling asleep. These things were all part of a routine. Try getting back into one. It doesn’t have to be anything too extravagant, maybe just a cup of chamomile tea or writing in your journal. Doing little things like this before bed will get your body ready for sleep more naturally if you do it consistently.

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