As we have grown older, most of us have become way more fond of sleep. However, it’s quite hard to accomplish getting to bed at a decent time, to where you would have at least a good 8 hours of sleep. We all feel the effects of exhaustion from baggy eyes to falling asleep in class. In my opinion, we need more sleep each night, especially with our rushed lives. Sleep is the one thing that lets our body completely rest and escape all the chaos. There are so many beneficial things occurring in your body as you sleep, such as muscle repair, growth, memory consolidation, detoxification, and regulating hormones. I think sleep is so underrated! But yet, I still find myself staying up on my phone, when I should be getting a good night’s rest… and it is said that the blue light emitted from your phone, tablet, or even television can negatively affect your sleep. When put simply, blue light tells your brain that it isn’t time to sleep. This causes your body to take longer to shut down and fall asleep. Symptoms may even carry into the next day with fatigue, drowsiness, and limited awareness/alertness. All in all, as society plays out, we are becoming more prone to procrastination. For high school students, this results in late nights doing homework, or simply avoiding hitting the hay altogether. Sleep has dropped on the majority of teens’ priority lists. You may think you enjoy sleep, or at least are good at telling yourself when it’s time to rest. However, if you had the option to do something you loved instead of sleep, which would you choose?
There is one thing most of us high school students can agree on, and that is the unnecessary stress of exam week. It’s beyond hard on a normal week of high school to get good grades, 8+ hours of sleep each night, AND have a social life. Lots of us have to do chores too, and then you throw in things like sports, band, clubs, etc., on top of that and it’s chaos. The high school life is inevitably stressful, so why must we take exams too??? I understand they want to test us upon everything we learned throughout the semester, but that’s why we have quizzes and tests! I would rather take a lot of mini tests than one huge exam, that way it can be broken up. Connecting back to my article on education, I don’t think teachers understand how difficult it is to remember all the material we’ve ever went over in that class, as well as 5 other classes. And what if we aren’t very good test takers? For me, it takes a long time just to finish normal unit tests. I know most will say, “Well, what are you going to do when you take the SAT?” Honestly, I believe we shouldn’t have to take those, either. With the major tests, we have to be finished by a certain time, and that pressure is what kills me. We should be graded on what we’re able to accomplish and comprehend, not how much we can get done or how quickly we can understand, in a period of time. All of us might know the material really well, but for some people, it takes longer to process it than others. Everyone is different! Exams and SATs should be graded on quality, not quantity. Until then, I am completely against them.
We may be too dependent on technology, but it definitely has its advantages. There was a recent advancement in the physical therapy field that will change lives. It is a wired device that connects to your hand and is able to read your body’s motions. It doesn’t replace the physical therapist, but it certainly helps to improve your advancement with the use of numbers, instead of qualitative phrases like, “you’re doing better,” or “you’ve hit a downfall.” You can also attack your injury in the peace of your own home instead of having to go to a physical therapist’s office! The machine costs $99 a month to rent, but physical therapy bills could very well exceed that, and quite fast. Additionally, it boosts the confidence of patients that are unable to complete simple everyday tasks. Something as easy as squeezing a lemon could be very challenging to do physically, but users can now progress virtually and even see their improvement as they go! The sensors of the wired hand can read how much you are clenching to squeeze the lemon, and rate you on how well you did. The use of virtual physical therapy in general has become more popular with this generation of techno-geniuses. It supports a higher rate of effectiveness and hope within the patient, due to the very encouraging results. The environment of the virtual world enables the patients’ muscle memory to bring back what they had learned before their injury or surgery. This allows the user to advance more quickly and effectively. With improvements at such high rates, the virtual physical therapy world continues to spring into popularity, leaving patients highly satisfied!
New Year's resolutions are quite effective… for the first few weeks of the new year anyway. I am not a fan of these resolutions for many reasons. One, most people will soon begin coming up with excuses as to why they are avoiding their resolutions, and eventually stop them altogether. For example, gyms will fill up dramatically due to resolutions of working out more or losing weight, but it never lasts very long. About 2 months down the road, gyms become just as empty as they were before the new year. My point is, most people don’t follow through with their resolutions, so there is no purpose for them. If you have the intention to make a change in your life, you should stick to it! It may be extremely difficult to fit it into your busy schedule, but if you really want it, you should make that effort! Additionally, New Year's resolutions are giving people an excuse to prolong the transformation of their lives. You should not have to wait for the New Year’s Eve countdown to better yourself. If you see something in your life that you want to change, don’t wait for the excuse of a new year to put that effort in. Make it happen now. If you clearly see a chance for improvement in your life, take that opportunity the moment you see it! You never know how long that window of possibility will remain open. Even though it is better late than never, the best decision is to take the big opportunity right away. Don’t wait for the new year to make a change in your life!
Hi, I'm Emily Brown, the opinions writer here. I attend Cedar Springs High School as a sophomore at age 15. I enjoy writing and softball, as well as music.
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