Eating, sleeping, and exercising sound like things everyone should obviously know how to do in order to take care of themselves, but I’m always…

Eating, sleeping, and exercising sound like things everyone should obviously know how to do in order to take care of themselves, but I’m always surprised at how surprisingly difficult some people, including myself, find it to do these three things. For me, the issue is lack of sleep. I don’t really like going to bed until 11 or later, but I’ve been in the habit since junior year of doing schoolwork and any other writing-related activities in the morning, which involves sometimes waking up around 5 AM, or a even earlier. The net result is that sometimes I sleep less than 5 or 6 hours several nights a week, when the recommended amount is 8 hours every night. This almost always ends in me crashing on Saturday, and swearing I won’t repeat that those mistakes next week, but inevitably I fall back into the pattern. Particularly at my high school, a lot of kids seem to have the same issue, and you’d think that after 4 years of adjusting to high school we’d be able to adjust ourselves to fit the schedule, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Honestly, I’m hoping that learning to sleep properly might just be one of those things that come with growing up.
– Ben

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