This week has been a crazy one. For six days in a row, I’ve gotten consistently 6.5 hours of sleep or less. Sophomore year has definitely taken a toll on me. I stay up late for homework and wake up early to finish that same homework. I’ve been so sleep deprived that this Wednesday, I was at our school’s health center for medical leave and got two hours of much needed sleep. Since Monday till that afternoon, I was just feeling out of it. I got a fever/cold starting Sunday evening. I was physically tired (read: walking was hard), I had little appetite, I was getting so little sleep, and I had cross country practice where I would run 6 miles. I was so torn and exhausted that I let myself go and ate things that were definitely naughty – bowls and bowls of cereal, multiple servings of seconds/thirds/fourths, and snacking. This all leads to the importance of sleep.
Yes, time is precious, but we (especially me) need to make sleeping a priority. As students, this might mean to be more efficient with homework, sacrificing time with friends, or cutting back on extracurriculars and even utilizing those small breaks.
Our bodies need the time to recuperate, energize, and rest. I just wanted to write this important reminder (that I myself need to adopt) as we are well into the school year and our stretch into Thanksgiving Break.
Are you sleep-deprived?