Opinion By J1 Reporter Aileen Zitek
Sleep, what’s that? Many teenagers say this every day. Sleep is a balancing act with every other activity going on in a teens life: extracurriculars, school, family and friends. Unfortunately, sleep often falls last in priority between all of these.
It is said that the average teenager needs between eight and 10 hours of sleep per night. I decided to ask around to see what people normally get. I heard anywhere from five hours to 10 hours. It differs between each person, and what they are all involved in at that particular season or night.
It’s hard to balance everything that is in a busy teen’s life. I wake up at 6:15 every day, go to school, do extracurriculars after school, come home, eat dinner, then start on homework. Some nights I don’t even begin my homework until 9 p.m. at night. I usually don’t finish until 11 p.m. or midnight, causing me to lose valuable sleep. Losing sleep just adds to the many stresses I have in my daily routine.
Sleeping isn’t just a choice you can make, it’s something your body needs to survive. Having unusual or weird sleeping patterns can cause major health issues, such as a weaker immune system or drowsiness. Not receiving enough sleep can also cause you to not be at your best for the next day ahead of you.
Sleep is not an option in life, but a necessity. It is important to try and get a good night’s sleep every night. While probably impossible, at least try for a couple times a week. Try and get your schoolwork done early on in the night and then you can go to sleep earlier that night. Getting a good sleep the night before is sure to put you and those around you in a better mood.