Sleep is NOT Optional

Teens need an average of 9.25 hours of sleep each night, and the majority of adolescents get an average of 7 hours of sleep per night, and 1/4 get six hours or less. Sleep is so so important in 2 main ways. Sleep is NEEDED for your physical and mental health. It also is really important in regards to school and learning, because sleep consolidates  and stabilizes what you have been learning in school, and so you need sleep in order to learn and process new information.

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Here’s a quote from the National Sleep Foundation, in the article, Backgrounder: Later School Start Times, “The roots of the problem include poor teen sleep habits that do not allow for enough hours of quality sleep; hectic schedules with afterschool activities and jobs, homework hours and family obligations; and a clash between societal demands, such as early school start times, and biological changes that put most teens on a later sleep-wake clock. As a result, when it is time to wake up for school, the adolescent’s body says it is still the middle of the night, and he or she has had too little sleep to feel rested and alert.”

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Many schools are starting to make a change, in the students best interest. They are trying to synchronize their start and end times with the students body clock, so that students are at school at their most alert hours, and getting the full academic potential out of the student. Students can’t function without sleep. Sleep is not optional, it is biologically necessary!!

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Look how content the well rested sleepers look!!

 

Different Points of View, and Consequences

Continuing the topic of our “Raising Standards” post, which can be found here, let’s go over some of the consequences of saying no to homework.

Let’s face it, it is extremely tempting to go to bed every night early. However, dedicated students choose to stay up late to complete stressful assignments. Saying to yourself “No to homework” late at night, will not get the homework completed, and it will affect your grades. This brings us right to the problem of how high of expectations colleges have, with the standards rising and rising.

The reason students are achieving good grades and completing all stressful assignments is to seem unique, to distinct themselves from other people in college applications. Since everyone who is applying to college is achieving beyond the requirements, you can have straight A’s, have taken over 2 AP’s each year, have over 200 hours of community service, and look the exact same as 50 other student applicants. To the college you just look, “normal”, even though you put countless years of work and effort into your high school years. However, if students do not choose to distinct themselves, you will not look any different in the long-run.

Colleges like to see variances in students, and if you have those certain factors, you might just be accepted, depending on the acceptance rate. Attending college heavily affects your future. It will set you future: your job, your family, your income, where you live, your possessions, etc.

Since students were infants, they’ve had the idea-you have to go to college to get a job,and graduating high school is a minimum, unless you want to work at McDonalds- jammed into their brains. As a result, the mindset of student’s is that all the stress and effort is worth it, to receive a decent job and make enough money to withstand a family of four. In my opinion, I would rather go to college and work hard, than working at McDonalds on minimum wage. To be accepted to college, I am willing to put in the stress and staying up too late, if it means having a good future that I enjoy.

Via Globalvoicesonline.org

Via Globalvoicesonline.org, 2013

We are humans, not robots! However, this world has set the standards for comfortable living, and they are stress, hard work, and overachieving.

Have anything to say about the topic? Which side are you on? Please comment below!