Nowadays, a lot of teenagers don’t get the recommended amount of sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, teenagers should get around 8-10 hours of sleep.
Not getting enough sleep can affect people’s health, cause acne and problems with skin and cause stress. Does it also affect people’s behavior in School?
Sadie Skinner, freshman, said that she goes to bed around 9 p.m. because she thinks it will help her out during the day. On a normal day, she is very energized and excited she goes to sleep late. She says that she feels “groggy”, as she described it, and can be very grumpy.
Brady Smith, freshman, used to go around 1 or 2 a.m. Some nights, it was hard to fall asleep for him, other nights he just didn’t want to fall sleep. He decided to change his habits because it was affecting him throughout the day, especially at school.
“I would feel tired in class and it would be hard to stay awake and stay focused,” Smith said.
Sleep can play a major role on somebody’s mood, behavior, and their function throughout the day. It can also affect athletes and their performance in sports as well, according to the National Sleep Foundation.
Jenna Hudson, freshman, participated in Cross Country last fall, and is going to be in track this spring. She said that she chooses to go to bed early because it makes her feel more awake. On most days, she sleeps around 10 p.m.
She also has to get up early to do some things in the morning as well, and she wants to be as awake as possible while doing those things. For Cross Country, she had to be able to adjust her sleeping schedule.
“I have to go to sleep earlier on the weekends and on Wednesdays,” said Hudson.
For the most part, Hudson said she she has a pretty good sleep schedule. However, when she does end up going to bed late, it can really mess her up during the day. Hudson said that she would have hard times staying awake during the day and that it made it hard to accomplish her daily tasks.
A lot of teenagers usually don’t get the recommended amount of sleep. Those who do, however, seem to be more awake and functional during the day. If you want to feel better during the day, maybe going to bed earlier can do the trick.