Did you know that the recommended hours of sleep for people aged 14-17 is eight to ten hours? Does that number sound absolutely goddam ridiculous to you?
According to our research, 76% percent of you guys weren’t getting the recommended hours of sleep.
This is a massive problem and we all know the shitty things that happen when we don’t get enough sleep (moodiness, poor judgement, lack of motivation, inattentiveness plus heaps more).
However, these stats aren’t random. There’s some completely valid reasons as to why we’re not clocking off at a decent time.
1. School sucks
If you’re in Year 11 or 12 right now you’re probably being bombarded with assessments and exams as we speak.
Somehow, you’re expected to juggle six to seven hours of school, earning your own money and being able to study enough so you don’t fall behind.
Spending time with friends, or working enough to save some cash becomes a luxury and, because school takes up such a massive amount of time, you’re forced to let go of an adequate amount of sleep just so you can be a human.
2. Thinking sucks
The lovely mixture of school stress, hormones and the overwhelming feeling that you have no idea what you’re going to do after school sometimes leaves you staring at the roof of your bedroom wondering how the fuck you’re going to get out of it all unscathed.
Then, when you finally tell yourself to fall asleep, all your thinking about is how you’re not asleep.
It’ always fun laying in bed counting how much sleep you could get if you nodded off right now only to find yourself still doing the math hours later.
3. Too much caffeine
If you were anything like me, your morning started with a healthy dose of caffeine in the form of a coffee. From there it all goes downhill and by the end of the day you might find you’ve slammed back at least three more mugs. (I’m not dissing coffee, trust me, some of my greatest study sessions have been thanks to this beautiful invention.)
Or, you could be a coffee hater and getting your fix through a Redbull or No Doz. Regardless of how you’re loading yourself up with caffeine you need to know when to ease up. If your caffeine intake is getting bit hectic, it might be time to start weaning yourself off.
4. We’re doing pointless shit
How many times have you had yourself mindlessly scrolling through Instagram at 11pm, telling yourself you’ll go to bed in a sec when, all of a sudden, it’s 1.30am.
It’s so easy to get into a YouTube wormhole or a Netflix binge only to realise you’re meant to be up for school in a couple of hours.
The best way to avoid this is to keep your phone away from your bed at all costs. Move your charger, turn on Do Not Disturb and throw your phone across the room.
You’ve probably just gone through trials, so you’re pretty familiar with the monster you become when you have to remember a 1500 word essay in the space of a couple of hours.
Late night cramming and smashing out those essays that should have been done ages ago can mean you’ll be sitting at your desk when everyone else has gone to bed, barely able to keep your eyes open.
While an all nighter here and there isn’t going to kill you, it’s definitely not something you want to be pulling off every night of the week. At the end of the day, there’s only so much info your tired brain will be able to take in and most of the time it’s better to call it a night and head to bed.
The most important thing to remember is to never value study and school over the threat of exhaustion. You’re probably going through a lot right now, so if you do only one thing after reading this, just have a fucking nap.