Around a year and a half ago I used to be a late night kinda gal, I would stay up late and text friends until I couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer. It really affected my performance in school as I could barely focus due to my lack of sleep the night before. When I got home I was so tired I just wanted to sleep therefore if I went to go revise and do my assignments I barely got any quality work done.
It wasn’t until my mum and sister started walking the dogs in the morning that I decided, “Hey! That sounds fun, I wanna join you.” that I looked at my late night habits. I used to struggle getting up at 7:00am let alone 6:00am but it was something that I really wanted to try, so I set my alarm an hour earlier for the next morning.
That night I went to bed early and was surprised as to how getting a good night’s sleep could not only ensure that I was full of energy the next day but how more sleep improved my ability to study, spend more enjoyable time with my family (as I wasn’t angry), laugh, and generally improve my overall happiness.
Fast forward to today and I dread sleeping in. I aim to go to sleep by 9:30 on school nights and 10 on the weekends/holidays and if I have a sleepover I’m usually asleep really early (which my friends find annoying) but in the end it’s worth it. I have the whole day to do whatever I want, instead of sleeping in and wasting half the day.
Studies show that many teens aren’t getting enough sleep, this is a big problem as sleep deprivation can affect your performance during school and in sporting events, which can lead to mental illnesses, such as depression and anxiety, and overall a lower quality of life
Sleep is so important, especially for teens, who are growing and going through changes. Your body needs time to rest and recharge so you can do more the next day. Go on and try going to sleep early and getting up earlier and, over time, you’ll start to notice a big difference.