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Getting Back Into That Sleep Habit

Jacob Toman, Crown Writer & Photographer

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Waking up on a summer morning is like a dream. The birds sing, and there’s not a certain time to start the day. There is no need to worry about putting on a uniform or doing that homework that was forgotten from the previous night. Summer mornings are amazing. But that feeling goes away as the middle of August approaches. Waking up at 6:30 a.m. can be a nightmare. The start of school means being dragged back to reality for students as they adjust back to a school sleep schedule.

Over the summer sleep schedules change. According to Isabelle Mancini (10), the summer vs school sleep schedule changes  “very drastically.” During the summer, Mancini didn’t need to wake up at any particular time. “I would wake up at 10ish but not get out of bed until 12, unless I was doing something that morning,” she said. Students tend to wake up later during the summer for many reasons. Perhaps the night before they stayed up and watched Netflix or went out with friends. Maybe they even just stay up looking at their phones, chatting with friends, or watching YouTube videos.

When students have to go back to the school sleep schedule, students have mixed reactions.  Kimberly McCoy (10) mentioned, “It’s pretty easy for me to adjust. My body changes back at a great pace.” But for others, it is not as easy. “It wasn’t the easiest thing to do because waking up early again can make me feel uncomfortable and can be difficult,” said Mancini. Some students use different methods to help them prepare for the next day such as going to bed early or some drinking coffee in the morning. Students often like to get Dunkin’ Donuts during the school year to try to fight the struggle of adjusting to a school sleep schedule. “I drink coffee in the morning to wake up,” said McCoy.  Students get a coffee or a caffeinated beverage to wake up in the morning. The first day is the hardest because students are just getting back into that school schedule. Waking up early, taking a shower, getting dressed, and eating breakfast can all take a lot of time. 

Getting into that new schedule, starting new classes and meeting new people can be hard. Some students practice their morning routines a few weeks in advance. Some students wake up early a few weeks before school starts so their bodies can adjust to the early mornings. It takes our bodies several times to get back in the habit of waking up early. These strategies can help students get ready for the school year ahead. That summer sleep schedule will be back before long!

 

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