“Sleeping is one of the basic human needs and it is essential for living a healthy life,” says the Wellness Council of America. As a teenager, clubs, sports, homework, phone usage, and our social lives can affect our quality of sleep. It is said that adolescents between the ages of 13 and 18 should get about 8-10 hours of sleep per night.
I decided to conduct an experiment and do my own research. I was curious to see how sleep affects our mood, energy and stress levels. I reached out to 14 high schoolers, boys and girls, and had them take a survey once a day, for 7 days. They were asked a few simple questions about their typical sleep schedule.
This survey included the following questions:
-What time did you go to sleep last night?
-How many hours of sleep did you get last night?
-On a scale of 1-10 (10 being the best) how is your energy today?
-On a scale of 1-10 (10 being the best) how is your mood today?
-On a scale of 1-10 (1 being the best) how is your stress today?
I took the averages from the information I gathered and placed them into a bar graph. Check out the results for how sleep affects our mood, stress and energy levels!
The mood results were all over the place. The teens seemed to have the best mood the following day after sleeping for 8 hours. The teens who took the survey over the course of a week reported that 4 hours of sleep made them feel down.
As you can see, stress levels seemed to decrease when the high schoolers got better sleep. Stress was at its worst when the high schoolers only got 4 hours of sleep.
Energy levels seemed to improve when the students slept for longer. Although, there were students who felt more benefited by 8 hours of sleep compared to 9 which was an interesting statistic to find.
Fun facts from the experiment:
The average time the 14 teenagers fell asleep on a school night (Sunday night-Thursday night) was 11 pm.
The average time the 14 teenagers fell asleep on a weekend night (Friday night or Saturday night) was 1 am.
It was super interesting to survey students and learn how sleep can affect our mood, energy and stress levels. Overall, it’s important to try and fall asleep and wake up at reasonable times, and aim for 8-10 hours of sleep a night if you are a high schooler!