The whole room is quiet, everyone is half-asleep and laying on their desk. The teacher asks a question but no one responds. This is a typical morning in a high school students’ first-period class.
“I find that my students say they are tired or may seem a little sleepy,” said Jenna Joseph, a freshman and sophomore English teacher.
Many students feel very tired in their first period class. According to a survey answered by 251 students at Burlingame High School, only 2.3 percent of students claimed they were awake during first period.
“Afternoon classes are more active and demonstrate more visible engagement than morning classes,” says Joseph.
“In my first class, I am extremely drowsy and fall asleep if I don’t force myself to stay awake,” freshman Jessica Chudnovsky said.
One-third of the people that submitted responses to the online poll claim that they only get around four to six hours of sleep a night. This poorly affects the students and their health because students should be getting 8.5 to 9.25 hours of sleep.
“I get a headache and am tired when I don’t get enough sleep,” sophomore Regan Wong said.
Students feel that stress and homework are the biggest factors that cause them to not get enough sleep.
“Stress from a test or essay usually affects my sleep and keeps me awake,” Wong said.
“Studying for my AP classes and extracurricular activities is usually why I sleep so late,” junior Frankie Lee said.
In order to get more sleep, students need to get rid of their distractions, especially their electronic devices.
“I think students should commit to not using any technology at least 45 minutes before bed,” Joseph said. “I also think trying relaxation techniques, such as yoga or meditation, or even lighting a candle could help calm the mind to fall asleep faster.”
Many students feel that freshman year was the easiest and they progressively got less sleep as the years went by.
Students also sleep late due to the amount of homework they have and other distractions.
“I spend around 5-8 hours completing homework every night due to procrastination,” Wong said.
“I think students may not get enough sleep due to significant homework loads, or not properly relaxing before going to sleep,” Joseph said.
In order for students to get the recommended hours of sleep a night, they should stop using electronics, focus on their homework, and relax before sleeping rather than worry about a test next day or the future.