Too much sleep or too little?

Since the social distancing, quarantines, and lockdowns started it was no surprise that there would be change. Not only were people’s lives disrupted but their sleep patterns were too. There are people that either sleep too much or not getting enough sleep and that is bad for your health. 

Especially teens, after schools closing that also meant no more waking up at 5-or-6 a.m. and more time sleeping in. Even though school was moved online there is no school schedule. The only thing that would have teens up are Zoom calls or Google Hangouts if their classes even do that.

You may be the person sleeping all the time because you are dying of  boredom or the person sleeping cause you are pulling all-nighters or the person staying up past midnight doing nothing but laying in the dark on their phone and watching Netflix. 

“I go to sleep at 2 a.m. now but I usually wake up at 11 a.m. but on some days at 8 a.m.,” senior Monique Thomas said. 

According to the National Sleep Foundation, teens used to need eight to nine hours of sleep but now need eight to ten hours. 

When school was in session nobody was getting the recommended amount of sleep. On a school night a reasonable time for teens was 10 or 11. Now everyone is going to sleep past midnight to at least 4 a.m. 

“I stay up till 3-4 a.m, with being on house arrest doesn’t give me a lot to do time wise so I sleep and do homework on my own time,” senior Haley Kohl said. 

It is normal for us to be like this considering our schedules have changed making it hard to keep up with our daily routines.

During the day a lot of teens are working out or doing some physical activity, working, doing school work, hanging with family, and binge watching shows. Which may cause some people to take naps during the day causing them to stay up even later or they just take naps because they are bored and want to waste time to make the day go faster. 

People are stressed and busy trying to figure out their next steps in quarantine. Sleeping may not be number one priority or priority at all. Do not forget to take care of yourself though. Sleeping is a big part of mental and physical health. To be able to function at your best be sure to get the rest needed by having a good night’s sleep.