Dear Audrey,

I am so tired at school and I do not know why! I try to get at least five hours of sleep every night, but I still end up tired throughout the day. What can I do to make myself more awake at school and extracurriculars?

Sleepy and Snoozy

Dear Sleepy and Snoozy,
From your day at school to sports to the late nights of homework, stress can build up and your sleep affects your daily life. Sleep is as important as breathing and eating, and helps you get rid of the stress throughout the day.
According to a survery done of Pinewood students, 15 people got five to six hours of sleep per night, and two people got between eight to nine hours of sleep per night
According to Sleepfoundation.org, “Biological sleep patterns shift toward later times for both sleeping and waking during adolescence meaning it is natural to not be able to fall asleep before 11 p.m.”
Teens need about eight to 10 hours of sleep per night. However, they usually on the weeknights they get less sleep on weeknights because of homework.
Going to bed on an irregular sleep pattern can affect the quality of our sleep on school nights. Life can be stressful, and you may have sports and other activities on school nights, but going to bed earlier will help you in all your activities.
Studies show that you will do better on a test if you study nights before and not leave it to the last night. By the time you start studying you may realize it is getting late, and staying up later will not help your brain retain more information. In fact, going to bed earlier will help you do better on your test, help you get through your day with a good attitude, and make sure you are not so tired throughout the day.
Going to bed late can limit your ability to learn, listen, and concentrate. It can even make you forget information, names, numbers, or homework. So kids, rest up and get some sleep.

Dr. Cutler