Are you tired?
Of course you are.
In students’ lives, sleep is a blessed thing that doesn’t come around often enough. Between school, social lives, work, extracurricular activities, family and friends, sleep time shrinks and shrinks.
Most students say that they do not have a regular and healthy sleep pattern. Every day, there seems to be another thing that pushes them to stay awake until the morning hours.
Sophie Granger, sophomore, said she makes sure to start on homework as soon as she gets home but her workload often causes less room for other important things, such as sleep.
“I just do a lot. I have a lot going on in my life,” Granger said.
She said the things that affect her sleep are the events of that day and she usually goes to sleep around 12 to 1 a.m.
“Every morning is a struggle,” Granger said.
Freshman Alayna Cogswell reports she wakes up usually around 6:30 a.m. and is not at all happy about it.
“I don’t feel refreshed at all, I feel like murder,” said Cogswell.
Cogswell’s extracurricular activities continuously make her stay after school and keep her awake until around 3 a.m.
Many other students are the same way. Zoe Dunn, freshman, resorts to taking Melatonin to regulate her sleep cycles.
“The first half hour after I wake up is just me drinking coffee and staring at my bedroom floor,” said Dunn, laughing.
Dunn said she regularly tries to go to sleep around 9 p.m. and gets up in the morning at 5:30 or 6 a.m. She routinely is forced to stay up late to complete homework.
“Typically on a day where I’m preparing for a test or with a club,” Dunn said.
Dunn says the main cause for her lack of sleep is overthinking. She is involved in a great many things at South and is unable to shut her brain off from mentally preparing for the next day.
Still tired? Of course. With all the things that happened today, maybe you should take a quick power nap.