Sleep Patterns Vary Among Students

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Parents always have a reason for making their kids go to bed early, but kids don’t understand why. The estimated average time for teenagers to go to sleep is 11 p.m.

Teenagers usually wake up for school at 7 a.m. depending on how far they live from the school and how long it takes to get to their school. High school teenagers usually get around 7 hours of sleep.

Many high school students may suffer from treatable sleep disorders, such as narcolepsy, insomnia, restless legs syndrome or sleep apnea.

Getting sleep for students allows them to build their immune system, balances their hormones, boosts metabolism, and also improves their brain function. Sleeping for students improves their mental, emontial, and physical performances.

We asked 25 students at Canton High School what time they usually went to bed and 5 students said 10 p.m., 6 said 11 p.m, and 8 said midnight or later. We also asked students what time they woke up during the week and, 6 woke up before 7 a.m. The other students woke up between 7 and 7:30 a.m.

Out of the students we asked, 9 students stay asleep most nights, while 10 usually wake up during the night due to common enough reasons such as needing to use the restroom, getting way too hot or cold, or being thirsty.

“I wake up from nightmares, or my mouth would be too dry and I need water,” Solomon Vargas, sophomore, said.

“I don’t usually wake up during the night but when I do, coyotes wake me up,” Nicholas Sullins, seventh grader, said.