How much sleep do you get? Do you get the average sleep a teenager supposed to get? According to the National Children’s Hospital, the average amount of sleep a teenager gets between 7 to 7 ½ hours—they need between 9 and 9 ½.
Here’s a list of why some teens don’t get the necessary sleep:
- Bad sleep schedule
- going to sleep late
- on the phone while in bed
- Early school times
NCS starts school at 7:45 and students live far away or wake up early like 6 or 6:30 am.
Some Students struggle with sleep, Jordan Williams, a junior at NCS says he has an “unbalanced sleep schedule because of the amount of homework and studying for quizzes and tests.” He stated that he “goes to sleep around 12 and wakes up at 7.” which tells he gets about 7 hours.
There is a solution for getting better sleep and more hours of sleep, here are some suggestions from the National Children’s Hospital:
- Try to maintain a consistent sleep schedule
- avoid oversleeping on weekends
- Taking little afternoon naps between 15-20 minutes could help you
- When going to bed turn off your electronics—they cause distractions and can cause problems falling asleep
Dominic Stephens a junior at NCS says he goes to sleep at “11:00 and wakes up around 7 am” so that means he is getting about 8 hours of sleep which is pretty good for an average student/teenager.
Sleep is a great thing and you need it. So maybe try these things and they will help you.