Mychal Shed

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Insomnia – habitual sleeplessness; inability to sleep. This right here is real ladies and gentlemen! As a high school student, we hear year after year that we need to get the proper amount of sleep at night in order to be alert and successful in the classroom. The approximated number of hours is said to be anywhere between 7 and 9 hours. Well, I have come to tell all the scholars and scientist that this number is almost physically impossible for two reasons. The first is simple, there is too much homework given out each night for this to happen; secondly, Insomnia is permitting us helpless high schoolers from meeting these everso desirable numbers.


In high school, you get a huge wake-up call. When you choose to answer the message that is being delivered is one that lacks pleasantness. The message being delivered goes like this, “Hello [insert your name], welcome to high school I can’t wait to see what the next 4 years has in store for- HOMEWORK! HOMEWORK! HOMEWORK! Oh yeah, I almost forgot, MORE HOMEWORK!” This is one of the major reasons high school students are not getting the proper amount of sleep; we are too busy trying to be model students and finish all the work assigned to by our AP, challenge, and college professors. Imagine if countless hours of homework were not assigned to students that could be hours of sleep caught up on, which would in turn cause for more attentiveness in the classrooms and better grades in my opinion.


Next up, Insomnia. Older generations would blame our lack of sleep on technology. Some might say it’s our phones, tablets, computers, or even the music we listen to (how that correlates, I have no idea). However, think about this… How can we be so involved in our respected organizations and programs, come home after a long day of school and practice, stay up late doing homework and still NOT be tired? The simple fact is that insomnia is alive now more than it has ever been and it’s affecting the present day generation in ways that we can’t control! The only solution I can give to counteract this horrible disease is to attempt forcing oneself to sleep and if that doesn’t work then I really don’t know what will!