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Teens face a daily challenge of battling sleep during the school day

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By Miche-Ala Woods
Staff Reporter
School. Practice.  Work.  Homework.  Sleep.  And then repeat.
The average teenager follows this schedule on a daily basis. With so much to do, it is easy for a teen’s life to become full of stress.
To make matters worse, between the ages of 11 and 21, the body’s eternal clock shifts to later times making it difficult to go to bed at a decent time and even harder to wake up for school. At the time students should be waking up for school, their bodies are telling them it is still the middle of night.
Only about 8 percent of students get enough sleep on a school night, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF).
“I usually get to bed around 10:30 depending on the time I get off of work,” said junior Melissa Moore. “Some nights we don’t finish closing until 11:30 and then I have homework.”
During adolescence, it is suggested to get about 10 hours of sleep.
“On most nights I get 5 hours of sleep,” said senior Brenna Clare. “I get off of work at 10:30 and then go home for homework. I get to bed at like 1 in the morning and try to be up by 6:15 for school. “During marching band season, I would go from practice to physical therapy and then to work, but I don’t have to do that anymore.”
Lack of sleep makes one prone to pimples and aggressive behavior. It can also play a roll in illness, drowsy driving and limits the ability to learn and listen.
“In my first hour there is an increase of tardiness but there aren’t any behavior issues,” said Mr. Urban.
According to cfhs.org, nearly 20 percent more 12th grade students are sleep deprived than ninth graders.
“I have mainly sophomores in my classes,” said Mr. Flanders. “Attendance is almost 100 percent and they are very talkative during first hour. They are usually more sleepy right before lunch.”
With the right amount of rest at night, students will be able to maintain a healthy weight, lower stress, improve their moods and also improve athletic performance. So how can we get students to come to school fully rested? Many students at North suggest starting school at a later time. As reported by the NSA, if school start times are pushed back by just an hour or more, teens will have an efficient amount of sleep.
Melissa Moore also saw another side to solving the problem of lack of sleep in teens: balancing time more wisely.
Statistics courtesy of sleepfoundation.org and cfah.org