Students’ sleep affects athletic performance

The alarm clock, the sound of pain, the end of dreams – Toby Ma ’20

     Arriving home at 6:00 to 6:30 p.m., attempting to complete all homework assignments, as well as coping with fatigue are all facets of many students’ lives. For student-athletes, sports can create a vicious cycle of weariness that lasts until the weekend. 

        Football is one of the most grueling and tiring sports. Drill after drill, players prepare for their games every day. Often, practices run for hours after school, pushing athletes’ bedtimes late into the night and leading to poor moods. According to, high school students should be getting at least nine and a half hours of sleep. 

“I tend to be more cranky when I am tired.”

Cole Donnelly ’23

      “I strive for around nine hours, but I really only get seven. I tend to be more cranky when I am tired,” Third Form JV football player Cole Donnelly said. 

    Varsity soccer involves lots of athletic capabilities from players. Fatigue certainly makes learning more challenging. 

     “Yes, at times, but not often,” Third Form varsity soccer player Joey Pariano said. 

     Student-athletes share a lack of sleep that affects their moods. Pariano said the days go much better if he can get more sleep. This cycle of fatigue not only creates a lousy learning environment for student-athletes, but changes their attitudes, creating a less enjoyable school experience.

Index Staff

Author: Connor Pinsk '23

Managing Editor Connor Pinsk joined The Index in the fall of 2019. He previously served as Neighborhood Editor.