Savannah Adams – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – With school starting up again, many Mustangs have had to alter their sleep schedule to fit school hours.
For some students, the change in their summer sleep schedules has led to a change in mood.
Sophomore Sofia Cretu has had to change her 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. schedule to 11 p.m. – 4:30 a.m.
Cretu said, “I want to rest every time I have to wake up for school. It was a very rough adjustment from summer to school.”
Some Mustangs decided not to change their sleep schedule and had an easy transition.
Sophomore Nadia Gandhi stated, “Over the summer, I went to bed at a similar time I typically do during the school year, because that works best for me.”
Gandhi’s summer schedule consisted of going to bed at 9:30 p.m. and waking up at 6:30 a.m.
She added, “Since I play sports, it can be hectic to change my schedule.”
According to Teenagers and Sleep: How Much Sleep Is Enough?, it is highly encouraged to not shift one’s sleep schedule a significant amount over the summer to prevent issues like moodiness and sleepiness throughout the day.
Not only did some students have to adjust from summer, others had to make the adjustment from middle school to high school.
Freshman Julia Vendramini explained, “I have to wake up two hours earlier compared to middle school. I’m not happy about it now, but it’s definitely something I am going to get used to this year.”
It is recommended that teenagers should receive 8-10 hours of sleep every night. For more information on forming good sleeping habits, read How Much Sleep Do I Need?.