Online School is Making Us Tired

Since the Tyrone Area School District has gone fully online learning it seems that the students have shut down too.

Since the students don’t have to go into the school building each morning there is no need for students to go to bed at a reasonable time each night. Students don’t have to wake up earlier to get ready for class so they just make up their hours by sleeping right up to the morning bell.

“Online school has made it so I can hardly get up in the morning, but I cannot fall asleep at a decent time,” said Tyrone senior Kelton Raabe.

According to the CDC the American Academy of Sleep says that teenagers should get 8-10 hours of sleep per 24 hours.

That would mean students have to go to bed at 12:00 just to get the minimum recommended amount of sleep, and they would be waking up just in time for the first period bell to ring.

In reality, the students of Tyrone High School are not going to bed at 12:00. Many are playing video games with friends till 2:00 to even 4:00 in the morning. Students wouldn’t normally stay up that late if they had to wake up to go into the school building every morning.

According to teens are not getting near as much sleep as they should. The average teen usually gets 7 to 7-1/2 hours of sleep per night.

It also says that teens should get eight or more hours of sleep when living a busy lifestyle, which for most Tyrone students is the case between sports practices or working a job after class.

Students don’t get enough sleep and they are far too tired during the school day to comprehend what they are learning that day, and students will spend the rest of the time after school moping around and napping instead of doing the work they were assigned that day.

Even though it is the only alternative due to the coronavirus hitting the area the consequences of full cyber learning are starting to reveal themselves.