Sleep; the Real Reason You Aren’t Passing Your Classes

Between school, homework, and extracurriculars, it’s hard to find time for basic human needs. Students at WCI are strong academically, but these grades may be coming at a price. Are students raising their grades ethically? Are they cheating? Or are they simply pulling all-nighters every night, and working harder than ever? I found out, through interviews with several WCI students.

How much sleep are you getting?

On average, teenagers should be getting 8 hours of sleep each night. At WCI, students are averaging 6 hours, with some students getting upwards of 10 each night, and others barely catching 2 hours. While under-sleeping isn’t the end of the world, experiencing repeated sleep loss can result in extreme fatigue. We see examples of this all the time, especially in first period.

Are you ever tired in class?

Almost every student told me that they feel tired in class. This can impact their retention of what’s being taught and their quality of performance on tests and assignments. Because students are staying up late to study, they’re going into their tests the next day tired. Students are struggling to balance all the elements of their lives, mainly sleep and study.

Have you ever pulled an all-nighter to study or work on an assignment?

Students often find themselves staying up for hours each night to finish homework, essays, assignment, and studying. These hours quickly turn into all-nighters, and the next day has come before they can sleep. While most students don’t go as far as skipping school to sleep instead, it’s becoming a tempting option. Day after day of not getting enough sleep can leave students frustrated and hopeless.

It’s clear that getting enough sleep and getting good grades is a challenging balancing act. If you sleep more and study less, you might be sacrificing a perfect grade. Alternatively, if you study more and sleep less, you might be so tired during the test you don’t remember what you studied. Each person has a system that works for them, whether it be consistent napping, studying during their spare, or something altogether unique. To figure out what works for you, it takes time and patience.