The student news site of Apple Valley High School

The Talon

Filed under Features

High Schoolers: Get Some Sleep

Student+falls+asleep+while+working+on+school+work
Student falls asleep while working on school work

Student falls asleep while working on school work

Kallie Buss

Kallie Buss

Student falls asleep while working on school work

Advertisement

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Only 15% of students get the recommended eight and a half hours of sleep on a school night according to the Sleep Foundation. As a junior in high school, getting eight and a half hours of sleep on a school night is a joke. So, we resort to things like coffee to stay alert.

What can you do for 10-30 minutes that will make you feel alert, relaxed and in a better mood? Nap! “Napping has psychological benefits. A nap can be a pleasant luxury, a mini-vacation. It can provide an easy way to get some relaxation and rejuvenation.” (Sleep foundation.) The Mayo Clinic says that best time to nap is between 2-3pm. So right after school! Taking a nap around this time reduces the likeliness of it affecting your nighttime sleep.

The Sleep Foundation does realize that not all high schoolers can get eight and a half to ten hours of sleep at night. Some things that affect your health are directly linked to sleep.

  • You are more prone to acne, pimples and other skin related diseases.
  • Driving while fatigued is like driving with a blood alcohol content of .08% which is illegal in most states.
  • Affects ability to learn, will also impair ability to remember important things like numbers, homework, or dates.
  • Lack of sleep can also cause feelings of anxiety about the future and current state, depression, and stress.

Here’s some helpful hints from the Mayo Clinic about getting a better night’s sleep.

  • Create a sleep schedule. Go to bed get up at the same time everyday. That may sound hard but it will help.
  • Be aware of what you eat and drink before you go to bed. Being stuffed or having a full bladder will cause late night trips to the bathroom. Also, eating sugary things like cake can give you a sugar high and make it hard to fall asleep. Don’t drink anything caffeinated, the effects can take hours to wear off.
  • Create a bedtime ritual. Take a warm shower, brush your teeth, get into comfy pajamas, etc.
  • Get Comfortable. What’s usually best is a cool, dark and quiet place, but it’s really all about what makes you the most comfortable.
  • Limit your daytime naps. Try not to go over 30 minutes.
  • Include physical activity in your daily routine, but don’t work out too close to bedtime. You might be too energized to fall asleep.
  • Manage stress. If you have too much to do or think about, your sleep may suffer.

As a high schooler, it’s hard to get enough sleep. That’s why we see kids falling asleep in class and the kid next to him is trying to chug their coffee. So, maybe tonight you’ll get a good nights sleep!

Print Friendly

2 Comments

2 Responses to “High Schoolers: Get Some Sleep”

  1. Samantha Brandt on February 2nd, 2017 3:43 pm

    Important piece with great info!
    Your sleep schedule in high school is going to set a precedent for the rest of your life, so be sure it’s not setting a dangerous one. Napping saves lives, trust me.

    [Reply]

  2. Hailey jade martinson on February 8th, 2017 9:04 am

    That is so awesome that people is sleeping omg

    [Reply]

The Talon believes the comments section can be used to foster thoughtful, healthy discussion. As such, all responses should be respectful and constructive; no anonymous posts will be accepted. Our comments are managed by our staff advisor, and any posts found to be inappropriate or disrespectful will immediately be removed. Please direct any further questions to Leia Dolphy at [email protected]

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • High Schoolers: Get Some Sleep

    Features

    Remembering Our Veterans

  • High Schoolers: Get Some Sleep

    Arts & Entertainment

    Homecoming 2017: Red Carpets and Paper Bag Coat Checks

  • High Schoolers: Get Some Sleep

    Features

    A Day For All Mothers

  • High Schoolers: Get Some Sleep

    Features

    EaglEye on the Prize

  • High Schoolers: Get Some Sleep

    Features

    Replenishing Our World Drop by Drop

  • High Schoolers: Get Some Sleep

    Features

    Heroes on the Road

  • High Schoolers: Get Some Sleep

    Features

    AVHS Alumni Reveal What Prom Was Really Like

  • High Schoolers: Get Some Sleep

    Features

    The Incredible Impact of FIRST Robotics

  • High Schoolers: Get Some Sleep

    Features

    Top 10 Budget-Friendly Healthy Lunches

  • High Schoolers: Get Some Sleep

    Features

    6 tips to help you tackle the AP exams

The student news site of Apple Valley High School
High Schoolers: Get Some Sleep