By: Brock Fuller/Junior Editor and Kelsey Wolfe/Sophomore
There are both pros and cons when it comes to high school students taking naps during the day. Naps can help high school students by giving them more energy throughout the day, but it can make it harder for them to fall asleep at night. It is recommended that teenagers get 8 to 10 hours of sleep a day. After accounting for after school activities and homework it can be challenging to get the amount of sleep they need. Also, if naps are given and they last too long, it can cause the student to feel groggy after they wake up. After interviewing a few high school students at Blue Ridge they all had different amounts of sleep and different answers to the questions asked based on their classes and after or out of school activities.
Studies show that sleep does affect school performance. According to aasm.org, “48% of students reported getting less than 8 hours of sleep and “Hours of sleep per school night were significantly positively associated with GPA and level of motivation, and significantly negatively associated with clinically significant levels of emotional disturbance and ADHD.” This proves students that get more sleep perform better in school. According to junior.scholastic.com, “70 percent of high schoolers get less than 8 hours of sleep on school nights, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s a major problem because weary minds have a hard time learning new information—exactly what’s required of students…Studies show that after a 20- to 30-minute rest, you feel more alert and focused, and your brain does a better job of retaining new information.” This shows that sleep deprivation can negatively affect your alertness. The reason alertness is important in school is because you need to be able to focus on assignments.
After talking to Katelyn Spencer she stated that she gets around 6 hours of sleep a night and tends to be tired throughout the day. She also said she wished she could get more sleep but homework is not the cause of her being tired. The amount of sleep Katelyn gets does affect her test grades and her mood throughout the day. She also stated that she does not get consistent sleep, but thinks she would do better during the school day if she could take a nap midday.
We also spoke to Carli Thornton and she stated that she gets 5 to 8 hours of sleep depending on how much homework she has. This causes her to be tired sometimes throughout the day. She also said she wished she could get more sleep and believes that homework is a big factor in getting less sleep. The amount of sleep Carli gets does affect her test grades and it depends who she is with if it affects her mood. She has also shared that she spends the time she could be sleeping doing homework. She believes that with a midday nap she would be positively affected.
Carl tends to get 4 to 5 hours of sleep at night. He says the less sleep he gets, the more tired he is during the day. Carl could sleep more if he had less to worry about. The things that affect his sleep schedule are homework, video games, and chores. Carl says his sleep schedule affects his grades and his home life. When he sleeps it takes him longer to get into REM sleep. He wishes we had naps in school because he would be able to get more rest and be energized for schoolwork during class.
The reason everyone should get a good night’s sleep is it will help you with academics, sports, and health. The reason why high school students should get a short nap is to rest our brains so we can be more productive. These are some reasons why getting a nap during school and getting a good night’s sleep is important to the health of teenagers.