Why Don’t We Just Go to Sleep?!

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Why Don’t We Just Go to Sleep?!

Imani Githae, Staff Writer

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Sleep,when you finally jump in your favorite covers and your head hits the suddenly cloud-like pillow. Sleep is everyone’s favorite time of day, at least it is for teens. Then why don’t we get enough of it?

In the age of cell phones and social media, most teens are usually browsing Instagram, watching Snapchat stories, or texting friends rather than getting a good night’s sleep. However, you can always catch teenagers complaining about always being tired and ready to go to sleep. This is easily the reason why most parents and experts blame a lack of sleep on cell phones. Why do teens do this? Especially when we are just starting to have more things to do during the day like after school activities, homework, working and need the rest. 

During our teen years, our internal clock, which tells us when to do things like eating and sleeping, is completely reset. It tells us to go to bed later and wake up later as well. This biological internal clock correlates with our increase of activity in our lives. As I stated before, most teens are doing more things like working and other activities. Teens also feel a greater pressure to succeed in school. Our internal clocks are so strongly linked with puberty, that it doesn’t go back to “normal” until about 20 years of age.

What can we do about this? Many experts state that the only way to address this problem is to make teens surrounding based on this biological internal clock. For example, the reason teachers catch many teens falling asleep in class is that school starts too early! Almost all teen’s biological clock tells them to go to sleep around 11 pm and wake up around 8 am. Many high schools start around that time, not to mention if you participate in activities; many of them meet before school as well. Some school districts around the U.S have heeded this information to improve things like test scores, learning ability, and overall focus in class. 

To sum it all up, it’s not you, it’s your body. There is no need to be constantly frustrated at yourself for staying up late yet another night. With your increased daily schedule and our internal clocks resetting, sleeping later than you did when you were 12 is completely natural. So, next time your parents yell at you for staying up late, just blame it on biology.

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