Despite distance learning enabling class to start later, a lack of sleep persists among students. Many continue to stay up late to finish their assignments, engage in extracurriculars, or study for tests. Students must commit to a consistent sleep schedule to stay healthy and productive, which will benefit their academic performance and overall well-being.
Countless students do not maintain a consistent sleep schedule, but it is necessary to keep the mind and body healthy. Teens need eight to 10 hours of sleep per night. Receiving enough sleep results in a stronger immune system, lower risk of diseases, and reduced stress, all of which are increasingly important during the pandemic. Taking care of one’s health must be the primary concern while the virus ravages those who are immunocompromised by insufficient rest, which is easily preventable by setting up a sleep schedule. Being well-rested must be a priority so students take care of themselves both physically and mentally.
Moreover, a consistent sleep schedule would boost students’ academic performance if they feel energized and well-rested. Getting sufficient sleep would make students more attentive in class, allowing them to understand assignments with ease compared to if they were drowsy and sleep-deprived. It is unrealistic to expect peak performance from students with only four hours of sleep. Students will be able to perform better in school if they have a good night’s rest.
Unfortunately, excessive school work prevents some students from following a sleep schedule. However, there are ways to balance time more efficiently, so that work and rest can coincide. Having a sleep schedule can contribute to a productive day schedule if plans are set in a neat and orderly fashion, so it is not impossible to balance the two. By getting sufficient sleep, students would be well-rested and alert. Thus, they will be better prepared to submit higher quality and quantities of classwork.
It can be difficult to construct a consistent sleep schedule, but it is necessary for one’s well-being. Setting a bedtime eight hours before one needs to wake up would ensure sufficient rest. However, maintaining this is reliant on a student’s time management. Students must learn to balance work and sleep so they can be healthy and productive after a good night’s rest.