Students who sleep well succeed
February 11, 2011 • Kaitlin Hackett '14
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Teachers always tell their students to get plenty of sleep before big tests. Parents are always on their kids to get a good night’s rest so they are not tired for school. But does it really matter? The answer is yes, it does.
Nemours, a children’s health education company, says that sleep allows your body to rest for the next day. It gives your brain a rest from the stress and the hustle and bustle of a regular kid’s life. From school, to sports, to homework, we have very busy lives with little time to rest.
“I think sleep is important because it lets you be happy the next day instead of being sleepy and miserable,” said Chris Barron (’14).
Sleep is when humans grow the most. It is also when our brains sort out problems, replace the necessary chemicals needed to function, and even store information that gets jumbled up during the day. The human body is a wonderful thing, when taken care of.
Sleep is an individual thing, so there is no set number of hours that every person needs a night but there are guidelines. Children in middle school need ten to eleven hours of sleep and kids in high school, from ages fourteen to eighteen, need about nine to ten hours of sleep.
“I go to bed around ten and wake up around six. I need to go to bed earlier, but I can’t because of homework,” said Kelly Meagher (’14) about her sleeping habits.
“I go to bed around ten and I wake up at five thirty. I feel fine about my sleeping habits; I’m not tired during the day,” Max Gaylord (’14) said. He gets only about seven and one half hours of sleep while Meagher gets about eight.
Teens have the worst sleeping habits out of all age groups. They have no time during the day as opposed to young children and adults.
Do something good for yourself, sleep at least nine hours a night.