How to Maximize Sleep

By Ella Javorsky

The alarm goes off, and your body is glued to the bed.  Your eyes can barely open, and you are wishing to roll over and go back to sleep.  Does anyone else tell themselves that they are going to go to bed early the next night but end up going to bed later than they planned on doing?  This is a reality for many of us students. When it comes to the night we all seem to forget how tired we were in the morning and throughout the day, and find ourselves staying up much later than we had planned.  The cycle repeats all week, as we battle through little sleep but do nothing to solve it.  

Sleep is a necessity for the human body to function well.  With such an early start time for school, it is essential that we go to bed early to get a sustainable amount of sleep.  However, this is unrealistic for many kids. Whether it’s late sport practices, a heavy workload, or the distraction of technology, we all seem to ignore our bodies demand for sleep.  Freshman Samantha Gershuny explains how “We don’t think about how much better we would feel if we got even just a half an hour more of sleep. We tend to disregard the fact that we could barely get out of bed in the morning, and distractions keep us up much later than we had planned.”

A big intruder of sleep is social media and the desire to go on our phones.  If we can eliminate these distractions then our sleep pattern can improve. That is much easier said than done, since we always feel the need to be connected with the world.  We are constantly checking our social media apps. A way to prevent this is by adding screen time limits to our most used apps. Once the time is up, the app will block you from using it since you used up all your time.  This is very helpful because it allows you to use your time wisely and not waste hours on an app. Another thing you can do is leave your phone in a separate room when doing your school work, so that you don’t feel tempted to check it every five minutes.  This allows you to get your work done quicker, therefore giving you more time to relax after.

Procrastination is another major thing that gets in the way of our sleep, especially when it comes to school work.  When students leave all their work for the last minute, they spend late hours rushing to get it done. Because they are doing it so late at night, the brain is exhausted and the work is done with little effort.  They rush to get it done rather than doing it thoroughly as a way to help expand their learning. A good way to manage your time is by writing out a schedule of everything you have to do, and checking it off once it is done.  This method is rewarding as well as productive. You are more likely to do your work once everything that you need to do is layed out. Sophomore Chloe Talbot emphasized that “Managing your time is extremely important especially when you are involved in an after school activity that may take up a lot of your time.  Scheduling everything you have to do is a tool that greatly helps me stay productive and organized.”

In order to ensure success in school, extracurricular activities and sports, and in life overall, we must maintain a healthy sleep schedule.  By eliminating procrastination and distractions this is possible. Not only does sleep make you feel better as a person, but it also enhances your performance in any task.  It has extreme benefits to the body and the mind. Try going to bed just a little bit earlier and recognize the difference in how you feel.