Opinions: Hindsight: Catching my zzzz’s


Natalie Hinds

Here’s the pile of food that is on my kitchen counter after school everyday. Yummy.

I. Need. Sleep.

I honestly never get enough sleep. In the mornings, I slap my alarm at least three times to snooze before I even consider getting out of bed.

And I don’t call that laziness. I call it being exhausted.

Why am I exhausted? I am my own obstacle. I suffer from chronic procrastination.

My school day is full of geometry, physical science, American Sign Language, newspaper, PFW, honors language arts and world history with a heaping helping of procrastination is what gets me.

I get homework in five out of my seven classes, and, yes, I realize I’m only a sophomore and upperclassmen probably have it worse than me. But wow the homework amount is not okay.

I find myself staying up until 1:00 a.m. and sometimes until 2:00 or 3:00 a.m.  just to finish my homework. That pile of homework is usually two pages of geometry, a page of language arts, a page of physical science, notecards for history, and I also write a column for newspaper.

I know that I torture myself because I waste my time on planet earth, but I honestly do get a lot of homework.

When I get home from school, I throw all of my school stuff down the stairs, I go to my kitchen and I eat a days worth of food. A foot-long sandwich, an entire bag of Doritos and a gallon of Gatorade is just the start of my feast.

After, I lay on my couch watching “Adventure Time” until 7:00 p.m.

Then I’m on my phone for two hours watching Vines and scrolling through iFunny. Between 9:00 and 10:00 p.m. I’m honestly just laying in bed or online shopping for phone cases or something. 

It isn’t until 11:00 p.m. that I even start doing my homework.

So when I do stay up that late, I only get three to five hours of sleep before I have to wake up again for school.  I am supposed to get eight and-a-half hours of sleep at the very least, according to the National Sleep Foundation.

I obviously ignore that memo. 

I barely have time to get ready in the morning because I try to sleep until my ride is literally at my house. Every. Single. Day. Which is why I don’t ever dress up for school. Ever.

In all seriousness, though, my sleeping and procrastination habits are making me extremely tired all the time and if I’m tired I’m not going to be able to pay attention in school.

If I don’t pay attention in school, then I’ll eventually start to fail my tests.

If I fail my tests, then I won’t get into college, and if I don’t get into college then won’t get a good job. 

I see where I will end up: sad and alone in a box under a bridge curled up under a newspaper.

I need my sleep. We all need our sleep. Sleep makes for a better education, better well being and better school attire.