Is 4-5 hours of sleep enough for a 14-year old high school freshman?

I don't think I ever got enough sleep in high school. I'm in college now, and I really make an effort to get at least 7 hours per night because I've come to understand just how important it is.

A few things:

-In high school, I was a varsity athlete, but I always felt weak, and reached a point where I couldn't make much progress at all - regardless of how hard I trained.

-I was almost always sick in high school, which was odd, considering I ate well and exercised regularly.

-I never felt like I achieved my potential academically. I did alright, and I was always really eager to learn, but I didn't start doing really well until college.

Why did the above things happen to me? Well, a few reasons I guess, but the main thing was that I averaged about 3 hours of sleep a night. If you need to stay up late every once in a while, that's fine, but you should try your best not to make it a habit. If you do, it could affect everything from your dating life to your academics. Really make an effort to get at least 6 hours per night - at minimum.

Try to plan out a 24 hour day for yourself (take everything you do, including eating, homework, video games, sports, etc. and write out roughly how much time each thing takes up over the course of a day), and find places where you could use your time better so as to allocate more time for sleep. Once you do that, you can plan out your 7 day week using a similar strategy. This should allow you to build a sleep/study schedule for yourself.

If you really can't fit any more sleep into your schedule (unlikely), you should at least make an effort to take regular naps throughout the day.

This is something I really struggled with in high school, so if you need any more advice on the subject, please don't hesitate to contact me or someone else who has been in your shoes before.


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