As students transition into the spring semester, students at BL are starting to sleep less and less due to their extracurricular activities and homework. At the start of the year, students were eager to start strong, but as summer approaches, students are finding themselves sleeping less.
With sports, homework, and other extracurricular activities, BL students believe that sleep is the least important part of their school year, even if it should be the most.
“Sleep is the least important to me with my heavy course load and stuff I have to do outside of school,” junior Gideon Endalkachew said. “I think that sleep should be the most important though; I sleep like four hours a night.”
Students like freshman Blake Shepherd and senior Regan Chasney believe that sleep should not come before all the work is done.
“Homework is obviously most important to me so I try to get it done early so I can go to sleep earlier,” Chasney said. “I don’t sacrifice work for sleep, though.”
Shepherd, who tries to do homework during every free and study hall, said, “When I get home at around 5:30 from practice, I have time to do homework so I rarely sacrifice sleep time.”
“The average amount of sleep that teenagers get is between 7 and 7 ¼ hours. However, they need between 9 and 9 ½ hours (studies show that most teenagers need exactly 9 ¼ hours of sleep),” according to nationwideschildren.org.
Some students, such as Shepherd and Chasney, have learned to manage their time well in order to achieve eight and nine hours of sleep per night, respectively. When Shepherd and Chasney come into school every day, they both “feel fresh” as long as they get their 8-9 hours per night.
However, students like Endalkachew have yet to master their time management. With only 20 hours of sleep per week, finding the energy to get through the school day can be hard to find.
“The lack of sleep does not allow me to 100% focus in the class,” Endalkachew said. “It doesn’t allow me to fully understand the material in an effective way.”
Sleep has taken a backseat to education. With sports ending at 5:30-6:00 p.m., school starting at 8:00 a.m., students have only about 13 hours at home, minus the drive time. Then take nine hours for sleep, and students only have four hours to eat, do all their homework, shower, and relax.
With the heavy course load and copious amount of extracurricular activities students are involved in due to the small population, they deserve more than four hours to do homework, spend time with family, and relax.