Students Can’t Get Enough Sleep, Mostly Due to Homework.

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Sarah Fieck, Staff Writer

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One of the many important factors to have a successful and productive day is a good night sleep. Studies have proven that a common problem that very much impacts a student’s health and performance in class, is a lack of sleep. This isn’t just an issue at Mater Dei, but in schools everywhere.

According to an article from Nationwide Children’s Hospital, adolescents must be getting 9 ½ hours of sleep every night. However, some students are not getting enough.“I only get like 4-6 hours [of sleep], depending on how much [homework] I have to do.” Says sophomore student Stephanie Otte.

Students these days are incredibly busy, may it be for extracurriculars, sports, or catching up on homework.  “My schedule is packed, because I take three honors classes, an AP history class, Water Polo, and theater. Not to mention, the amount of homework I must tackle each night. I’m always constantly somewhere, doing something in school. Because of all this, I don’t get a lot of sleep.” Says Otte.

It appears the main reason that students don’t get enough sleep is because of long hours of doing homework. “I understand that it’s important to learn and practice the things we learn in school, but to spend another 5-6 hours a day doing homework; that’s just more than half the day spent on nothing but work, and sometimes it isn’t even helpful.” States junior Sophia Jordan.

The homework Jordan, Otte, and other students stress over are worksheets, studying for upcoming tests, projects, and more.

“There’s just too much work to get done in a day,” says sophomore Reagan Koster. “With projects and homework, and especially extracurricular, its hard for me to get the required [amount of sleep.] School tells us to stand out from our peers, and get involved in events, clubs, sports, and AP classes, but it’s just hard to do so if the workload amount is as large as this.”

Obviously, this is an issue for students. However, they have some suggestions to fix this problem, as well as Mater Dei taking some new initiatives to make classes and homework a lot less stressful on students.

Koster suggested “I think a study hall period would be really useful, maybe before we go home or something. I could use that time to get started [on assignments].”

“I get that teachers got places to be, but one of my teachers is basically gone the moment the bell rings, so it would be nice if she would stay and help kids who need it when it comes to bigger assignments like AWPs,” as suggested by freshman Louis Cimmino.  Oddly, there is a requirement where teachers must stay fifteen minutes after class to assist students.

Cimmino also states: “Not all [teachers] are like this though. My [science] teacher has a pretty good system, and I never really feel stressed, or like I’m losing sleep over that class. Her workload is consistent and pretty fair.”

Some solutions have also been put into action, as Mater Dei faculty last year had decided to turn down homework over Christmas break. You can read more about the new homework policy here.

Also, Mater Dei faculty has adopted the tutoring program to allow test retakes and provide time for students to study before and after school.


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