Many students report that they are not getting enough sleep the night before they have school. Perhaps they struggle with this because students who are in high school need to get 9-12 hours of sleep. According to cdc.gov, “About 7 out of 10 (72.7%) do not get enough sleep on school nights.” Abdul Rahman, a Senior at Cottonwood high, said, “I only get 4 hours a sleep in a day because I work very long hours, but I still learn. I try to stay up in class.”
Jake Diaz is a junior at Cottonwood High, and the reason why Jake stays up late is because he is diagnosed with depression and insomnia. These disorders cause him stay to stay awake for a very long time, which then leads him to having an overthinking night.
Teachers deal with students who are dozing off in class and can be a distraction. Ms. Stephensen, an English teacher at Cottonwood High, added, “Yes, because they set an example for the class letting other students know it’s okay to fall asleep in class.” She also added that she gives the students chances since she understands some circumstances. She gives them two options: one is to try to make them pay attention, and two she lets them walk around the room.
Children who do not get enough sleep, reports cdc.gov, have a higher risk of obesity, diabetes, injuries, poor mental health, and problems with attention and behavior. Having a set schedule for the whole entire week is what can make it easier for students.
Colt Roundup interviewed Cottonwood junior Amanda Munoz and asked why she thinks students stay up late. Munoz said, “A lot of students stay up late from playing video games or are on their phones.” Students who are not getting enough sleep can negatively impact their health and their concentration in the classroom.