Students dozing off in class because they stayed up all night doing homework is nothing new. Teenagers are known for staying up all night and sleeping throughout the day, but this routine isn’t wise to keep up when school starts. Having a healthy sleep schedule during the school year can positively affect a person’s performance and mood.

“I decided to make a daily schedule for my second year of high school,” sophomore Abby Bryd said. “My plan was to wake up, go to school, go to basketball practice and then do my homework as soon as I got home.”

According to the CDC, the healthy amount of sleep for a teenager is between nine and nine and a half hours each night. On average, teens only get seven to seven and a half hours of sleep. Simple changes to an adolescent’s daily schedule can create extra hours for downtime and rest.

“I usually go to sleep depending on how much homework I have,” sophomore Robby Diers said. “Last night I stayed up till midnight doing notes, and I felt super tired the next day at school.”

Being alert and ready for the day’s challenges can seem impossible running on six hours of sleep. When fully rested, teens can control their emotions better and react in a responsible manner to life’s challenges. Whether that problem be a difficult math question or finding out bad news on a personal level, resilience can be improved with nine hours of sleep under one’s belt. 

“On a day to day basis I speak with a lot of people who have problems for me to solve,” CEO of Gulf Coast Construction Thomas Meister said. “When I have a good night’s rest, dealing with most of these issues is a simple task.”