Sleep is a Beautiful Thing


Sleep is very important to your everyday life. People do not realize how much sleep can affect you the next day. Not getting enough sleep the night before can cause serious health problems including: heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity. Plus, nobody likes a long day after getting little sleep. Doctors recommend at least eight hours of sleep every night. I talked to some students at Farragut High School, asking them how much sleep they get. 

“Last night I had basketball practice and I did not get home until seven. I had to eat and shower, then do a lot of homework. I was up until 12:30 AM finishing homework and studying for a pre-calculus test. Then I had to wake up at 6:30 AM in the morning for morning workouts. I did not get that much sleep,” said Ryan Neal, a sophomore basketball player at Farragut High School.

“I normally do not fall asleep until around 12 AM, and I have to wake up at 6:00 AM for workouts,” said Hunter Merrick, a senior baseball player at Farragut High School.

High school students need more sleep than most people. Going to a full seven hour day of attentive learning requires a full night of rest. Athletes need even more to be able to perform in their extracurricular activities.

Many people believe they can “catch up” on sleep. Sleeping for six hours one night, then nine the next will not do you any good. It is very important to have a routine of going to bed around the same time every night, and getting your full eight hours.  

Sleep expert, Dr. Susheel Patil of Johns Hopkins Sleep Center, states, “Everyone should get 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night to feel rested; otherwise you will feel tired throughout the week. Often, people will try to catch up on sleep over the weekend to repay the “sleep debt” we accumulate over the week. While this can help, one weekend of increased sleep is not enough to repay [it]. One of the keys to good sleep is establishing a routine—make sure you have a wind-down schedule before going to bed. There are many potential treatment options for sleep issues, so ask your doctor and if needed, ask for a referral to see a sleep medicine physician.”

Ask your doctor or research why you’re not getting proper sleep, it could be an easy change, that is worth the time.