Stressed and Sleepy

ILLUSTRATION: Person sleeping 

Stressed and Sleepy

Annabelle Knef

 

What is insomnia, you may ask? Insomnia is the habitual inability to sleep and it affects thousands upon thousands of high school students world wide. According to “Sleep Crisis,” scientific evidence is showing that getting less than the recommended seven to nine hours of nightly sleep is having impacts on our bodies, minds, and the health of children. Typically, children need 10 to 11 hours of sleep per night. By improving sleep patterns in people, health rates would rise.

When asking students how they feel on any given school morning, the answer will most likely include the adjective, “tired.” With school work, extracurricular activities, and part time jobs, sleep can be scarce for a high school student. After a long day and finally being finished with all important commitments occupying a students day, sleep still may not come.

Another thing that distracts us from sleep is the ever present technology in our society. Our world is heavily dependent on technology in this day and age. When it comes to experts on technology, teenagers are at the top of the list. Smart phones contain music, internet access, and wildly entertaining apps that can be played for hours on end. Unfortunately, the easy access of smart phones are also responsible for keeping us awake at night. Senior Tiare Venuti says, “When I finally am in bed, I always gravitate towards my phone and scroll through my favorite social media app.” She adds, “It keeps me up and attentive for at least another half hour.” Whether or not sleep loss is caused by technology, not receiving enough sleep is detrimental to your health.

In your cozy bed without any technology distractions, just you and your thoughts, you still may not be able to fall asleep. Sleeplessness may be due to added stress from your personal life or complex thoughts that seem to be seeping out of your brain. Senior August Ley occasionally has trouble falling asleep. She says, “Some nights I struggle and other nights I just pass out.” She then adds, “I believe stress has a lot to do with it.” In order to clear your mind, grab a journal and write down all of your thoughts and feelings from the day you have had. Also, in order to relieve stress that might be blocking you from blissful sleep, try to relax before you lay down. Relaxing to you may be reading a book or catching up on the latest episode from your favorite TV series. When you have a peaceful mind and a restful body, hopefully sleep should come easy.

A full night’s rest can bring better concentration in the classroom, higher energy levels, and an overall healthful feeling. If you are truly concerned that you may be at risk for chronic or acute insomnia, the cure may to not do anything at all. Rather, implement ways for calming your inner thoughts. The problem might and probably does have to do with a stressful lifestyle you are living.

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