How Much Sleep Should You Be Getting?

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Did you know that lack of sleep can affect your grades and ability to stay focused? From September 20th to September 23rd of 2019, 68 people were asked what time they usually go to bed. Most people answered within the range from 10 PM to 11 PM. But what exactly does this tell us? Well, let’s say you go to sleep around 10:30 PM and wake up an hour and a half before school starts, which is 6 AM. That’s only 8 hours of sleep total. Eight hours is the bare minimum a teen should be getting. According to the National Sleep Organization’s article “Teens and Sleep”, the average teen should be getting 8 to 10 hours of sleep. Some people can get away with eight or less hours of sleep, but there are some who need at least nine or ten. Nine out of the 68 claimed to go to sleep from 12 AM to 1 AM. Falling asleep around midnight means you would get six hours of sleep if you were to get up at 6 AM. Even if you were able to wake up the minute school is starting that’s still only 7 and a half hours. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website, not having enough sleep can lead to behavior issues, substandard in performance of academics, and can cause mental health problems.