Are Students Getting Enough Sleep?

Staff writer: Maddie Caracalas

Something about the daily routine of walking alongside my zombified peers every morning when the first bell rings hints to me at the fact that most of us are less than excited to show up at school every day. And I understand that, because most people don’t really want to go to school, except to maybe see their friends or hang out with their boyfriend or girlfriend.

When I really thought about this though, it made me wonder. Why is no one, except maybe a select few, looking forward to showing up at school day after day? As I talk to my friends every day, and I ask them how they are, “tired” is pretty much the only answer I’m ever given.

Personally, I only get about five hours of sleep every night and struggle through the school days running off coffee and Pop Tarts, along with many of my other peers. There are also the ones who are able to always show up to school on time, cheery and ready for the day. No matter what kind of person you are, though, pushing the day back a little bit can’t hurt anyone.

I mean, is there really any reason school just must start at 8:15? I wake up at 5:30 every morning and scramble to make my bus, but still end up missing it sometimes and must make my parents be late for work because the school is a 30-minute drive from my house.

I feel as if most of my peers would agree with me on this, that maybe they should push back the start of our school day by even a little bit. We learn all about how necessary it is to get at least eight hours of sleep every night, but how are we expected to do that when we’re heading to bed at midnight five school days a week and should be awake the next morning at 6 o’clock?

I asked a friend, freshman Grant Wiseman, for his thoughts on the topic.

Maddie: Do you think high schoolers, such as yourself, are getting enough sleep?

Grant:  No, we always have so much work to do that we don’t get to bed until late, and then must wake up way too early for school.

Maddie: Is there anything that you think should be done about this?

Grant: I think they should push back the time school starts by a few hours so everyone can have enough time to get going and still get enough sleep.grant.png

Grant after an interview

I asked sophomore Sam Locke the same questions to see if she agrees.

Maddie: Do you think high schoolers are getting enough sleep?

Sam: I think so. I mean, I’m always able to get all my work done and can fall asleep at a reasonable time.

Maddie: Do you think there is anything that should be done about high schooler’s sleep schedule?

Sam: Not really. It’s their responsibility to get their work done and go to bed on time.sam.png

Sam after an interview

Although this 600-word piece of paper won’t change anything, this is something I know a lot of people will agree with me on. I understand that you had three days of ISS just because of tardiness, but really, it’s no one else’s fault except your own because getting to school on time really is a thing that can be done. And, however much of a struggle it may be, school is a necessity, so the least we can all do is try to make it as enjoyable as possible.


  1. Doris M. says:

    I haven’t had a proper sleep schedule since 7th grade. I usually run off of 4-6 hours, sometimes less.

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