By Rebekah C.
It’s ten PM and you still have two assignments to finish before tomorrow. Maybe I shouldn’t have watched all those videos before starting my homework, you think to yourself. Eleven PM, you’re still not done yet but your mom’s already yelled at you twice to go to sleep. You try to explain that you have an assignment due tomorrow but your mom yells, “Didn’t you have all night to finish that?” By twelve, you know tomorrow’s going to be a hard morning to wake up. By 12:30 AM, you finally get into bed but now you’re just staring at your bedroom walls, trying to get yourself to sleep by counting sheep. 1:00 AM and you’re finally asleep. Is there any way to stop the cycle?
Sleep, it’s something we love but find hard to do. These easy tips will help you stay awake through meetings and wake up without an alarm clock. Research at the University of California found that less than 3% of people have a gene that allows them to perform well on 6 hours of sleep. Kids twelve and under must have at least eleven h ours of sleep and ages twelve to eighteen must have eight to ten hours of sleep. “My whole day is affected by the amount of sleep that I have. If I have less than 8 hours of sleep, I get really tired during the day”, says Jasper, a 14 year old. Most teenagers get nowhere near that many hours of sleep and they don’t have enough energy to get through the day.
Sleeping extra long on weekends does not make up for your lack of sleep during the rest of the week. How you feel the next day depends on the amount of sleep you had the night before. Sleeping longer on one day is not enough to recharge you for the next 5 days.
One of the things you can do is make a normal sleeping schedule. Everyday, you’ll stop everything at the same time and go to sleep until it becomes a habit. To complete your schedule, set a time that you’ll wake up at each morning.
Once you get to bed, you might find yourself lying in bed and your real sleeping time is delayed. You have to save your bed for sleeping, no reading or napping on the bed. If you only use your bed for sleeping, your body gets into the habit of sleeping right when it hits the bed. After dinner you may be tired and feel like going to sleep early but you have to force yourself to stay awake by reading or folding laundry. If you go to sleep early, you’ll have problems later on. Your body only needs a certain amount of hours so you’ll wake up in the middle of the night, not being able to go back to sleep.
Don’t take naps in the late afternoon, or you won’t be able to go to sleep at night since you’ve already had enough sleep. Limit your nap to thirty minutes and be sure to put a timer on to wake you up on time. Try not to drink liquids before you go to sleep. The liquids will cause you to have to go to the bathroom, interrupting your sleep. You also shouldn’t drink any caffeine drinks such as hot chocolate, coffee, or tea after dinner. These drinks can keep you awake at night and cause headaches when you’re trying to sleep
You may find it hard to get to sleep but with these simple tips, you’ll never be able to stay awake! Staying up late once in a while is okay but try to get as much sleep as possible to get your maximum amount of energy.