I know that I personally never get more than 7 hours of sleep a night, and I doubt I’m the only one.
I never go to sleep before 11:00 p.m. It’s definitely not the most ideal time, but that’s the life of a high school student. This can negatively affect many aspects of life.
Most of the time, I stay up late trying to finish the work for my classes. Juggling school, work, the musical, choir, being an NOYS Advisor, being in NRCE, and other extracurricular activities can be a bit much sometimes. There are so many things to keep track of and so many things to do. That juggling act can greatly impact the hours of sleep I get each night.
I am taking three AP classes and two honors classes this year. That definitely requires a lot of time and effort when doing homework and projects for those classes. I also work. If I’m working on a weekday night, I get home around 9:30. The homework starts when other people are getting ready to go to bed.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, a healthy teen needs around 8 to 10 hours of sleep every night. I need to wake up at 6:30 a.m. to start getting ready for school, so the amount of time I would technically be able to do my homework would be around 30 minutes so I could get a full night’s sleep.
Getting all of that homework done in 30 minutes is basically impossible. If you didn’t want a good grade on the homework, then maybe you can get it all completed, but I would like a decent GPA.
There needs to be some kind of change to allow high school students to be able to function properly by getting enough sleep. Either start school at a later time or make the school days a block schedule. This is becoming a bad thing for all students and it needs to change