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Pres Students Need More Sleep

Tisha Lwin, A&E Editor

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Pres students are notorious for having hours of homework each night. This often comes with getting an insufficient amount of sleep, which is a real issue that many Pres students struggle with. Trying to balance school work, extracurriculars and social activities is not an easy task, especially when many students overcommit to numerous activities and classes.

According to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital, teenagers need between 9 and 9.5 hours of sleep each night, but the average teen only gets 7.25 hours. The average Pres student gets even less.

In AP Psychology, Ms. O’Byrne has her students fill out a sleep log that includes the amount of sleep they get on school nights and how they are feeling in terms of health on a scale of 1 to 10. Her junior and senior students get an average of 6.5 hours of sleep on school nights, well below the recommended amount. The students also reported an average of 5.8 of their feelings of health.  

Many students overcommit to too many activities. However, students feel pressured to fill their schedules with as many activities as possible because colleges want to see them participating in a plethora of extracurriculars while maintaining impeccable grades.

Junior Dorothy Nguyen only gets around five hours of sleep on school nights. She is often gone all weekend on youth group retreats and struggles to catch up with homework.

Nguyen says, “It’s hard to get a proper amount of sleep whenever I return from overnight extracurricular activities involving my youth group. When I come back on Sunday evenings from a weekend activity, I end up being exhausted as I try to catch up on my work, which creates an unhealthy cycle.”

“It’s hard for me to prioritize sleep over homework or extracurriculars because most colleges care primarily about grades and test scores,” says Junior Sakura Regan.

Sleep should be a priority because lack of sleep comes with numerous negative side effects. The data from AP Psychology students showed a moderate positive correlation between amount of sleep and feelings of health.

According to Healthline, sleep deprivation has many negative effects on mental ability and emotional state. It can trigger depression, impulsive behavior and paranoia. Furthermore, people are more susceptible to illness when they have a lack of sleep.

As difficult as it is students should prioritize sleep because it has a huge impact on long-term health, which takes precedence over current grades or activities.

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