Finish that essay that was due last Friday or get four hours of sleep? For many students sleeping becomes more of a chore than a necessity. With projects, endless papers and capstone for seniors, sometimes more than seven hours of sleep seems like an impossible task.
According to sleepfoundation.org, the required amount of sleep for an adult is seven to nine hours, but what kind of hours of sleep are fellow classmates getting?
“I get five to seven hours,” Hannah Bilau, integrated media major, said. “It depends on the homework I have.”
Emily Mendoza, physiology major, says she gets about seven hours or more on a regular night.
“I also had to get up at 6:30 am for cross country practice last semester so that changes your sleep schedule,” Mendoza said.
Late night projects also have an effect.
“Once or twice a semester I stay up till one or two for a project,” Mendoza said.
“I’ve stayed up till 6am once for a project,” Stephanie McHenry, integrated media major, said.
Other students have stayed up all night to finish projects last minute, causing them to be tired, stressed and fatigued the next day. Mendoza brings up another good point, extra curricular actives. Sports and meetings can also cut into your sleeping time.
McHenry spends most of her Sunday nights working on things other than school work as well.
“I’m working on Kappa Delta stuff most of the time on Sunday nights. I have to prepare the minutes to send out,” McHenry said. Sunday nights are when she is up the latest, lacking the most sleep.
“I barely sleep on the weekend,” Bilau said.
While Mendoza sleeps the same amount on the weekends as she does during the week.
Students spend their weekends hanging out with friends or going out instead of catching up on the healthy amount of sleep.
Procrastination is an important factor for lack of sleep as well. It is the student’s responsibility to get work done ahead of time to achieve a good amount of sleep the day before an assignment is due. Although getting more sleep could be possible, many choose to work hard at the last minute rather than get the required among of sleep needed to stay happy and healthy. The question is, it is more important to finish homework or to get the required amount of sleep? Only the student can decide.