Education’s Rude Awakening

Finals week at Woodside

Nick Fischer, Opinion Editor

Students need more sleep–especially for upcoming finals, but the lack of shut-eye persists and the true culprit happens to be the finals themselves.

The week notoriously known for hardship, hopefulness, and anticipation, finals week, has taken its spot on woodside high school’s calendar. However, woodside has an allusive friend that all students know but unfortunately aren’t acquainted with enough, this mysterious friend is sleep. Sleep seems to be the thing that every teenager wants but never gets. Upon interviewing various students around woodside high school during finals week, a malevolent trend began to reveal itself.

Adrian Johnson, a popular student-athlete, elaborates on his own circumstances–the curious part is how similar they are to many, if not all, of his peers.

“anywhere from 4-8[hours of sleep per night]. I think its like 9 or something [the perfect amount of hours of sleep].”

Two more students, Sam Jalalian and Devon Diller, explain what they thought about sleeping and what would be ideal and what is optimal….

“Twenty[hours of sleep would be ideal] but like realistically like I think it’s ten is like the healthy range… for a teenager… ten would be nice….”(Devon) “Ideal for me would be like 8-10[hours of sleep]” (Sam).

Now there is good news and bad news; students know the “healthy range”, as Devon Diller stated, but something is getting in the way of actually sleeping that long.

Adolescents are notorious for not getting enough sleep. The average amount of sleep that teenagers get is between 7 and 7 ¼ hours. However, they need between 9 and 9 ½ hours (studies show that most teenagers need exactly 9 ¼ hours of sleep)” according to the Nationwide Children’s Hospital,.

So to beg the question: why don’t students get enough sleep? Well Taylor Matel, a dedicated student-athlete, offers her perspective.