Sandman Off Duty for Some

By Alex Sorce –

It seems that the sandman is skipping over students at night here at Penn Manor.

Without the “magical sand” it’s making it difficult for students to fall asleep. Students may not be getting the recommended sleep to function properly in school. Being sleep deprived has many side effects. According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), having a lack of sleep will limit the ability to learn, concentrate and solve problems, lead to aggression, and can cause drowsiness while driving. If students would get more sleep it could lead to them getting better grades.

“The more days students get adequate sleep, the better GPAs they attain,” study leader Dr. Ed Ehlinger of the University of Michigan’s Boynton Health Service said in a statement. “There is a direct link between the two.”

“Unfortunately, cell phones and computers, which make our lives more productive and enjoyable, may be abused to the point that they contribute to getting less sleep at night leaving millions of Americans functioning poorly the next day,” said Russell Rosenberg, the vice chairman of the Washington DC-based National Sleep Foundation.

“I usually try to lay down around 10:00 to go to sleep but my phone keeps me up for about an extra hour,” said senior Bob Warfel.

Not getting enough sleep at night is not only unhealthy but can be dangerous. Being drowsy while driving could put you and others in danger.

“Any degree of sleep deprivation will impair performance: behind the wheel, in the classroom or workplace,” said sleep expert Dr. Mark Mahowald.

“Sometimes when I’m tired I get nervous about closing my eyes for too long,” said Penn Manor graduate Matt Flick.

Although most students are nervous or scared while driving if they’re too tired, senior Josh Morgan thinks on the bright side.

“Sleeping while I drive is really nice because I kill two birds with one stone,” said Morgan.

Students are staying up later at night, but why? Technology is what’s keeping Penn Manor up and awake throughout the night. Between texting, social networks, and video games, it makes it difficult to get the appropriate amount of sleep.

If students would get the correct amount of sleep each night, 8.5 hours to 9.25 hours a night for teens according to NSF, they would score better on tests and homework.

“The amount of sleep you get is directly correlated to test grades,” believes senior Tyler Smith.

“When I don’t get enough sleep at night I won’t pay as much attention in class,” said senior Mitch Domain.