It’s common knowledge that for someone to function to the best of their abilities, they need to get a good night’s sleep. I mean, isn’t it like…

It’s common knowledge that for someone to function to the best of their abilities, they need to get a good night’s sleep. I mean, isn’t it like doctor’s orders that everyone should get 7-8 hours of sleep to rest their bodies and also for their health?   I don’t really believe that this is stressed to teens because I know of many teens that only get 3-5 hours of sleep every night. I personally grew up getting my 7-8 hours of sleep every night and it’s something that I continue to do. I’ll be honest, if I don’t get at least 7 hours, I’m just a mess that whole day. I really can’t see how some teens go with so little sleep and seem to be just fine. I know for a lot of them it’s the fact they have so much homework and other things to do during the day that they have just become accustomed to work with a small amount of sleep. I typically go to sleep around 10pm because that’s the time I’ve grown accustomed to and I start to get sleepy around that time. I also think it has to do with whether or not parents enforced a bedtime early on or if they just let their child stay up until they eventually dropped.   At 17, my parents don’t have to tell me my bedtime because I can decide for myself when the appropriate time for me should be mostly because it’s not some outrageous hour of the night. I’m not a doctor so I can’t say that everyone who has less than the recommended amount of sleep will suffer horrible consequences. I mean, if it works for you whatever, but if you feel like maybe some extra hours of sleep could help then give it a try and see if you feel better.   – Ruben