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Six and a half hours. That is about the average amount of sleep a student at Warner gets. Middle schoolers should be getting nine and a half hours of sleep per night on average. See the problem? Whether you have after school organizations, you participate in sports, you have a lot of homework, or maybe all three, clearly, we aren’t getting enough sleep.
I probably get six hours of sleep every night if I’m lucky but I have it better than eighth grader Grace Gomula. She said “I don’t sleep a lot during the school week, maybe like five hours a night.” She then said that this was typically because she was at extracurricular activities or she was studying and doing homework. The one pattern we did notice was that as the students got older the amount of sleep they got per night decreased by around an hour or so. Grace also said that our school hours should be a little different. She suggested, “we should go to maybe 9-3:30 maybe.”
Seventh grader Janu Parham agreed with Grace saying that we should start first hours around nine o’clock so that way kids can get enough sleep before school. She also said, “I usually get at least 6-7 hours of sleep per night.” Still though, this is way under the recommended amount.
Sixth grader Jain Ahmed was much closer to the recommended amount of sleep saying he regularly sleeps 9 hours a night. To be honest this wasn’t much of a surprise considering that sixth graders can be a little less busy than an eighth grader can be. Not to my surprise though, everyone agreed saying that we should start first hour in and around 9:00am so that way everyone has enough energy to do well in class.
So there you have it. You’ve heard your peers talk about sleeping or lack thereof. Now you guys can talk about. You never know maybe they might even change school hours!

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