Question: I’m 13 and lemme tell ya, I’m definitely not up to par. I’m one of those, over-achievers, the people that cry buckets when they get anything less that an A-. Ever since fourth grade, I’ve been that way, and it was really helping me get good grades in school. Ever since sixth grade however, I was heading for disaster, but I didn’t know at the time.
So in sixth grade I would sleep at anytime between 10pm and 2am was running fine on the amount of sleep I was getting which was mostly usually between 6 and 7 hours. Then, in seventh grade, I started to feel the effects of sleep deprivation, although my grades were still good. I was tired and groggy for the first half of the school day, then the exhaustion would hit me like a ton of bricks when I got home. But I was okay, getting between 6-8 hours then.Then I entered with grade 8 and it’s been the best. I wake everyday tired and it takes longer to do assignments, I feel like i am getting dumber instead of smarter, I forget things often, I hit snooze way too many times. I know for sure, I need to fix it. The sure sign of sleep deprivation is, I’ve lost my motivation. As a perfectionist, that’s unusual and its very alarming.