Maintaining a Good Sleep Schedule

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Mary Hanna Bryant, Treasurer

“Am I getting enough sleep?” This is an important question to ask yourself. As school has just started back after a long summer, it can be hard to manage a sleep schedule along with everything else going on. Focusing on homework and studying can lead to late nights, and you inevitably lose sleep. Managing your sleep schedule is an important part of being healthy. It is easy to procrastinate and say, “I’ll study for that test later,” but this can do you more harm than good. Holding off work until late at night makes it easy for you to get behind on sleep. While you may think that going to sleep a few hours later is no big deal, it can actually cause stress and make it harder for you to pay attention in school the next day. Here are a few tips to help you maintain a good sleep schedule:

  • Part of having a good sleep schedule is having a routine and sticking to it. Try to make sure you go to bed at the same time each night and stick to your routine.
  • Another good tip is to stay off your phone before bed. The blue light your phone gives off restrains the production of melatonin, which controls your sleep and wake cycle. Being on your phone right before bed can make it difficult to fall asleep and wake up the next day. 
  • Finish schoolwork as early as possible and try not to save assignments for the next day. Your mind will be at ease, and you will not be worrying about your work when you are trying to sleep. 
  • Try to avoid eating or exercising too close to your bedtime. Exercising can wake you up, and eating can give you heartburn which can keep you up at night.

 

“How many hours of sleep do I need?” Teens need about eight to ten hours of sleep each night. If you are not getting the proper amount of sleep, change your schedule to make sure that you are giving your body what it needs. You will find that getting more sleep will not only put you in a better mood, but it will make your day much easier. Getting a necessary amount of sleep increases your energy and productivity. It is hard to pay attention in class and get work done when you did not have enough sleep the night before.