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Need More Sleep?


Did you ever wonder why you have such a hard time getting up for 8am’s? Do you have that groggy, gross, “I just want to go back to bed” feeling? Same here! Don’t worry though it may not be our fault. Sleep studies have shown that there is a significant shift in our circadian rhythm, or sleep cycle in the teenage and early twenties years. Look, our bodies know what’s good for us and what’s not, and who agrees 8am classes are not?!

At our age we need about an average of 8.5-9 hours of sleep a night. Who has time for that? All the fun stuff happens at night, am I right? Well those fun things starting later on in the night aren’t just coincidence. Our melatonin levels are peaking between 11pm and midnight enabling us to be out till 10:30pm having a great time. We are only starting to get tired later on in the night. So we all know what happens when you go to bed later, you wake up later. According to a Human Development professor, the normal time for this age group to be waking up, not in classes, is 9am. I don’t know about you guys but I am very okay with that.

By: Blythe Lalley

One thought on “Need More Sleep?

  1. Sleep studies have indicated that melatonin levels peak between 11:00PM and 1:00AM, and that the average person needs at least 4 REM cycles per 24 hours. You should be asleep by 11:00 or so, and wake up no earlier than 9:00am. Sadly, academia will not allow you to do this.

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