Why Are Students Always So Tired?

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Hadley Tran
October 2, 2020

Student life has always posed high demands on the bodies and minds of students. Challenging academic obstacles and the pressure of being on top of everything can cause stress, accounting for constant tiredness during the school day. Let’s take a look at the key reasons that this happens.

Adolescence

As students become adults, they experience a transitional phase in terms of their physical bodies and mental health, generally known as puberty. Hormonal transformation, aside from the adult-like physical developments, make students have intense mood swings due to the fact that the part of their brains that is responsible for their emotion and decision-making ability is still developing. This, in turn, causes them to feel tired, irritable, short-tempered, and frustrated.

Inadequate Time For Sleep

According to a scientific study from Sleep Foundation, high school students need at least 8-10 hours of sleep per night. However, the unfortunate reality is that students might cut off an hour or two of their sleeping time to do other things such as study or watch Netflix. Insufficient sleep is a common cause of the exhaustion that is experienced at school. Therefore, students cannot 100% focus on learning in class or getting involved in extracurricular activities because their body and brain are not functioning properly. 

Sedentary Lifestyle 

A lot of students these days are not exercising enough and their eyes are glued to screens all the time for their own entertainment purposes, which are some of the factors behind their extreme fatigue. Students stay seated for long amounts of time because of their long study periods without short breaks in between. To combat this, doing regular exercises about every 30 minutes is a great way to boost their energy in daylight, increase their metabolism, and help them to sleep well at night as these exercises cause blood and oxygen to pump into their lungs and hearts more frequently. In addition, knowing how to say no to electronic devices can change one’s sleep pattern for the better and improve concentration in classes drastically.

Not Drinking Enough Water

Usually, students are simply feeling sluggish because they are dehydrated. Since up to 60% of our bodies are water, drinking water constantly throughout the day is the most essential thing for every student. Always keeping a bottle of water beside them and drinking water after waking up, before and after workouts, and before meals is helpful due to the additional fluid intake. 

When it comes to dealing with feelings of tiredness and fatigue, it is all about healthy habits. Students will definitely see dramatic positive changes to their bodies and their productivity if they prioritize their health first. An ordinary task that might take someone more than an hour to finish when they are drowsy and worn out could only take 20 minutes to get done if they are motivated and energetic.


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