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Is There Not Enough Time in the Day?

Tania Bataille

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According to the National Sleep Foundation, teenagers should, on average, get eight to ten hours of sleep every night. Although if you ask around you may realize that a majority of students at Union High School are sleep deprived.

The National Sleep Foundation says the consequences of sleep deprivation can “limit your ability to learn, listen, concentrate and solve problems.”

The organization also states it can, “make you more prone to pimples, lead to aggressive or inappropriate behavior, cause you to each too much or eat unhealthy foods like sweets and fried foods that lead to weight gain, and contribute to illness, not using equipment safely or driving drowsy.”

“There is just not enough time in the day,” Lakeisha Calixte Bataille, a UHS Senior said. Bataille, who is a member of the twirling team and takes several advanced classes, finds herself going to sleep at random times on different days.

Teachers often assign homework believing that the amount they assign is manageable, but usually fail to realize that students deal with other teachers in the same mindset.

“I hope I don’t give too much homework,” Mr. Erdman, a teacher at Union High School, answered after being asked about his opinion on his daily assigned homework amounts. Erdman also discussed his opinions on how the “perfect student” would interact in class, using the adjectives “observant, interactive, and on task.”

“I get five hours of sleep (at most),” said UHS Sophomore Adewonuola Adefowoju, who takes multiple Honors and AP courses, often causing her to decide between sleep and homework.

Adefowoju is not alone in only receiving five hours of sleep each night. In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health, “20 percent (of high school students) are getting by on less than five hours per night.”

“I make sure I get 8 hours of sleep. If anything, I try to go to sleep at 9.” UHS Sophomore Aisha Agboola said.

“A piece of advice I would give to someone that has sleeping problems is to be organized, don’t procrastinate, and manage your time. Get work done before the due date!” Bataille said.

Generally speaking, sleep researchers have found that most teens can’t easily fall asleep until about 11 p.m. and their brains stay in sleep mode until at least 8 a.m.

Graduation rates and attendance rates for 30,000 students across 29 high schools were observed by Central Connecticut State University’s Pamela McKeever and Linda Clark. The pair found that two years after a delayed start was in effect for specific high schools, their average attendance and graduation rates increased.

Later start times for schools allow students to sleep for longer amounts of time and have a better chance of being attentive during class, so why doesn’t UHS give it a try?

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