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Students' sleeping habits affect their grades and school work

March 28, 2014
James F Byrnes Freshman Academy



A boy is staying up all night playing a new video game and drinking energy drinks. Finally the boy climbs into bed at 3 A.M., and his alarm is set at 6:00 A.M. to wake up. When he gets up to go to school, he has no energy to pay attention in class; he slowly begins to fail his classes.

Good sleeping habits play a large role in quality school work and good grades.  Sleep helps students in schools everyday to stay focused and make better decisions in school.

According to an article from USA Today, teens are at a very high risk of sleep deprivation and 25% of children have sleeping problems. The USA Today article also said students who do not have good sleeping habits may have aggressive behavior, excessive talking, and bad quality of work.

Mary Brophy Marcus, USA Today also explained the ways to decrease the chances of sleep deprivation, which are to wake up half an hour early, sleep with no light, and use no technology right before bedtime.

Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School (Healthysleep.med.harvard.edu) said sleep can help a person learn new information. The article also said students who do not sleep well can no longer assess and make good decisions.

According to researchers, teenagers need an average of about 10 hours of sleep a night.

On a survey done on 18 out of 25 students, they get about 7 or less hours of sleep a night.

According to the Australian government (betterhealth.uc.gov.au), students who have bad sleeping habits may drift off in class.

Haron Palmer, a student at Byrnes Freshman Academy (BFA) said, “When I get a bad night’s sleep, I can’t do my work, and it is hard to study and pay attention because I’m going to fall asleep in class.”

Quaterris Medley, a student at BFA said, “A good night sleep gives me more enthusiasm” and “I get about 8 hours of sleep a night.” 


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