Teen sleep habits

Gigi Guarino ‘13

Entertainment Editor


  Brandon Sargent ’13 is one of many students at LCN who has a demanding schedule. Between play rehearsals, his job at Strawberry Fields, his rigorous school schedule, and time to hangout with his pals; it’s challenging for him to find time to sleep. It seems as if there isn’t enough time in the day to do all that’s needed.

    According to the National Sleep Foundation, teenagers are supposed to get approximately 9.25 hours of sleep each night, but for some 8.5 is enough.

   How many teenagers actually get that recommended amount? Not many. In a poll of LCN students, 97 percent of students reported that they sleep less than eight hours each night. Some even reported sleeping less than six.

   Not getting enough sleep can make it hard for students to function during the day. It might be hard for them to keep their eyes open, or they might feel as if their head is about to burst from a pounding headache. According to WebMD, it could be challenging for them to focus, which is very detrimental; if one wants to do well in school, the first step is focusing during their teachers’ lessons. It also states that not getting enough sleep could damage your memory for the following day.

   “It’s hard for me to focus in class because some nights I barely sleep. It ends up hurting my grades sometimes,” Alex Williams ’13 said.

   Homework is time-consuming for students, considering each student has seven classes each day, and most classes give homework every single night. Some are even taking multiple AP classes and have seemingly unending hours of homework. Sleep seems unimportant when it’s battling against getting a good grade or studying for a test.

   “I just stay up because of homework, or I’m sitting on the computer,” says Nicole German ‘15, “I always regret staying up late when I wake up in the morning.”

   Some students just stay up for no absolute reason at all. David Girard ‘13 said he doesn’t even have much of a reason to stay up late, he just does.

   “I’m either out doing something or watching TV,” he said.

   Most athletes have practice every day after school, which leaves almost no time for anything else in the day.

   Nick Castiglione ‘14 is a prime example. He believes that he doesn’t sleep well at night.

   “I have to do my homework, and I have soccer every day, we don’t get done with practice until 9,” Castiglione said. He even admitted to falling asleep in class earlier that day from poor sleep the night before.

   Like Castiglione, many students don’t sleep as much as they should. They end up falling asleep in class; sometimes accidently, sometimes on purpose.

   Willie Fuchs ’14 said, “I fall asleep in class because I’m bored; I usually get pretty good sleep at night.”

   Not only does taking a nap during class-time make the teachers mad, but it also means that the students are missing out on the day’s lesson.

   “I get so frustrated when students fall asleep in my class. I spend many hours preparing my lessons, so I get really offended,” said Danielle Alexander, English teacher.  

   Even though getting the recommended amount of sleep may be very challenging to complete due to homework, sports, friends, computers, television, and all the other many distractions and activities teenagers do in their daily lives, it’s almost essential to their health and well-being.