It was a 9:30 on a Monday morning. Psychology class had just began and my teacher began his lesson with a question; “How much sleep did you guys get last night?”
I knew that if the more sleep I got was a better score on a quiz, I would have definitely failed.
I had worked until about 10:00 pm and studied for a test the night before. Telling my teacher I got more than 5 hours of sleep would have been a lie.
To my surprise, my classmates, who were either downing energy drinks or passed out on their desks, got about the same amount of sleep as well.
This really made me think. The lack of sleep we all got looked like a sickness. Which posed the question, how does lack of sleep affect how we navigate our days?
There is an embarrassingly noticeable difference in how well I understand the subjects we are expected to learn, my work performance, and how mentally present I am when I do not get enough sleep. When I’m fighting the urge to pass out mid-lesson, I am not focused. Forgetting assignments and due dates are also a side effect that comes with not enough sleep.
Sometimes it even tends to feel like with the amount of expectations and tasks given to us to complete, that there is no way to get a good amount of sleep. The only motivation that we have to get us through each day is a letter on a paper, but we do it anyway.
Enough is enough. Teens skip school to sleep, GPA’s are decreasing, and we’re having to grow up a lot faster than anyone should have to at such a crucial stage in our lives.
How are we supposed to decide what we want to do with our life when we can barely keep our eyes open?
We can’t and we won’t be able to until the problem is solved. We need more sleep.