10 signs that sleep deprivation has taken over your life


Danielle Hamer

Falling asleep on top of your homework: it happens to all of us.

Danielle Hamer, Scot Scoop In Depth Editor

Sleep deprivation plagues high school students, as well as many others all over the world.

With everything that needs to get done each day, who has the time for nine hours of sleep each night?

Sleep deprivation not only has numerous negative consequences, but it will also leave you with strange talents and abilities.

Here are the ten (semi-dangerous, semi-comical) signs that sleep deprivation is taking over your life:

10. Day and night have become interchangeable.

Falling asleep at 1 a.m. with the lights on, drifting off at 5 p.m. when it hasn’t gotten dark yet — who knows what time it is when you fall asleep five times a day anyway?

  1. Breakfast has become a foreign concept.

No one has time to put cereal and milk in a bowl when you wake up half an hour late every morning.

  1. Pajamas have taken over your wardrobe.

Jeans and real clothes are not an option when you can barely handle getting out of bed in the morning.

  1. You don’t know what the “a.m.” on a weekend looks like anymore.

Morning time is just a vague mystery now that sleeping in until 1 p.m. is a weekend requirement.

  1. You are starting to name your naps.

You may very well have an “accidental after-school nap” as well as a “passing period nap.”

  1. You have adopted two drastically different types of penmanship.

There’s the normal, legible handwriting that you mastered years ago. Unfortunately, there’s also the much lighter, much scrappier writing that occurs when you fall asleep in the middle of composing an in-class essay. Oops.

  1. Bus rides and car rides have taken on a whole new meaning in your eyes.

You’ll take any chance you can get to grab some shut eye, and the possible sleeping places are countless. If you’ve managed to take a nap on a rock, classroom chair, or against a locker, chances are that soft, warm car or train cushions are a sleeping haven.

  1. You have mastered eyes-open sleeping.

It’s a risky, but often necessary activity during class.

  1. Your alarm clock has begun to serve solely for room-accessory purposes.

Let’s just say that you are most likely better friends with your snooze button than you are with anyone at school. You can’t go out or gossip with it, but it is always there for you.

 1. You have woken up on several occasions with a pencil dangerously close to your eye.

Falling asleep on your homework is the first warning sign.