Lack of Sleep Among Students

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Due to the crushing workload put on students, countless extracurricular activities and other engagements, many students struggle to get enough sleep or even find some free time. 

According to a study conducted by Dr. Craig Canapari, the director of the Yale Pediatric Sleep center, only about 8 percent of teens get enough sleep. According to the CDC, teens should get at least nine hours of sleep but almost 70 percent of them report getting less than 8 hours, while half are getting less than 7 hours.

In fact, many CHS students report not getting enough sleep.

“No matter how much sleep I get, I still feel really tired in the morning. Generally getting some physical activity in the morning helps, but with my schedule there just isn’t any time for that,” said Harrison Clark, a CHS Freshman.

“I typically get only about 7 hours of sleep per night, sometimes less,” said Krisopher Castillo, a CHS Sophomore.

“I only get 5 to 6 hours of sleep per night,” said Jeff Deschler, a CHS senior. 

The main reason for this seems to be homework assignments. According to a 2013 survey by the University of Phoenix, high school teachers on average assign 3.5 hours of homework per week. But it is also important to account for the fact that students have 7 classes.

“I do at least 2 to 3 hours of homework every night,” said Castillo.

In addition, students have a number of other commitments that must be considered. The majority of students participate in extracurricular activities, and many older students have jobs. And none of this is considering family commitments and activities with friends. 

While there is no clear solution to resolve this problem, many argue that reducing workload of students would make a large difference. According to the New York Times, reducing the amount of homework students have would give students more time to study, and allow them to be better rested to better engage in school. 

In addition, parents and students need to be careful about how many commitments they make as it makes a large difference in the amount of sleep and free time available.

Owen Moore is a Sophomore at Carrboro High School. He enjoys carpentry, biking, hunting and camping. Procrastination is a passion of his.
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