The Importance of Sleep

You wake up, bleary-eyed. Straining, you stretch out your arm and slam down on your alarm clock’s snooze button, providing you with a brief respite before the alarm’s insistent blares return. Eventually, the alarm blares finally force you away from your cocoon of sleep, and you stumble awake, lethargically beginning to preparing for the day.

For many students and parents alike, this is a common ritual during the weekdays, a way of life—and inevitable. As a high school student, I often do not get a sufficient amount of sleep, along with many of my classmates and friends. We prioritize our work and grades over sleep, often pulling all-nighters and staying up all night studying for tests rather than save a few hours of sleep.

However, therein lies the root of the problem. As nearly everyone has experienced from those sleepless nights, without sleep, we become bleary, unproductive zombies that struggle with even the most menial tasks. Yet people still continue the same cycle, making the same mistakes and continuously not getting enough sleep, myself included.

So recently, I have been trying to change. Rather than sacrifice precious sleep for seemingly more important tasks, I have been trying to balance my work and sleep, sleeping before a set time and organizing my work to be done earlier in the evening. And because of this, I’ve been noticing improvements, as I feel more energized, positive, and get more work done.

So if you’re struggling to be productive at work or can’t seem to concentrate, try taking a nap. Perhaps you just haven’t had enough sleep, and need just another hour of sleep to be productive. Although you may be skeptical on how much of a difference sleeping can make, the effects from a good night’s sleep are pretty incredible; simply by closing one’s eyes and resting for a while, your mood and energy levels can totally shift!

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