Miramonte Needs Sleep!


Calling all Miramonte students: You need sleep. Are you depressed, obese, have constant headaches, or have diabetes? If so, it is probably because you are not sleeping enough. According to National Sleep Foundation’s 2006 Sleep in America poll, only 20% of middle and high school students are getting the nine hours of sleep per night that is recommended for this age group.

For the seniors out there suffering from “senioritis,” stop spending your procrastination time doing useless things, and instead go to bed. The average 12th grader sleeps only 6.9 hours on school nights. This is nowhere near enough.
Miramonte students tend to put school, social lives, and extracurricular activities before sleep. However, sleep should be the top priority because life can be dramatically improved should you get the appropriate nine to 10 hours.

When sleep-deprived, people tend to recall a far greater number of negative events than positive ones, causing sadness or even depression. School could even be easier and studying for tests would require much less time because sleep helps to consolidate and remember things we learn during the day.

Additionally, more than a fourth of all high school students fall asleep during the day because of lack of sleep or tiredness. Students work so hard to conceal their sleep during class, but often find themselves in odd and uncomfortable positions, only to wake up to a classroom full of stares.

Disclamer: Mirador does not, by any means, encourage sleeping in class. However we are always open to a funny dream or humiliating sleep experience:

“I was downstairs, sleeping over at Faith’s house, and in my sleep, I thought Faith was gone. I sleptwalk upstairs and frantically told her dad that Faith was gone and that ‘they took her.’ Her dad finally convinced me to go back downstairs, only to find that Faith was safe and sound in her sleeping bag. I guess ‘they’ must have brought her back.”

– Senior Brittany Anderson

“One time I was shrunk, and my cleaning guy came, and he chased me with his vacuum. And once I was stuck on a deck and a dinosaur was trying to kill me, but ran away, then I died.”

– Freshman Elliot Alper

“During the summer I would read ‘Alice in Wonderland’ before I went to bed and was having crazy dreams because of it. The most vivid one was where I was in Candyland.  The peppermint men had guns and they were trying to shoot me, but I was hiding with king candy in a gingerbread house so I was safe. My job was to re-tile the entire candy land with paper and I believe Miley Cyrus owned the sea…”

– Senior Haley Rowland

“When I was little, I had a camping dream where I was peeing in the woods. It turns out I was peeing my pants.”

– Senior Liza Katz

“When I was younger, I had a stuffed bear who I called soft doggie. Whenever I used to lose him, I would yell ‘soft doggie alert!’ at the top of my stairs and apparently in my sleep I would stand up and yell ‘soft doggie alert,’ and my whole family would start freaking out to find him but I had him the whole time.”

– Senior Morgan Thompson

“When I was seven I walked into my parents’ room and peed on the ground and then went to the bathroom and flushed the toilet. I walked back into my room, went to bed and didn’t remember that it had happened.”

– Senior Demitri Baefsky

“I had a dream that I made out with Mike ‘The Situation’ from ‘Jersey Shore’ and was partying with all of them.”

– Senior Jane Siri

“On a Girl Scout camping trip, I was sleeping in a tent with Hanna Goodman. Apparently, in the middle of the night, I woke up, standing above Hanna, who screamed, ‘Adria what are you doing!’ I didn’t say anything, walked into the wall of the tent, and fell straight back onto my back. In the morning I didn’t remember it, and my back was bruised.”

– Senior Adria DeStefano

Tips for sleeping in class

  • Wear shades that look like prescription glasses
  • Hoods and bangs are always helpful
  • Have a friend in your class that you can count on to wake you up
  • Never wear earplugs – although they might help you fall asleep, they also won’t let you hear what’s happening (like if the teacher is calling your name)
  • Avoid obvious methods (such as using a propped up book as a shield)

Senior Dmitri Baefsky, often tired from early morning crew practices, demonstrates blatant in-your-face sleeping.
Advantages: There really aren’t any, except the entertainment it brings to others. Teachers might also appreciate your honesty and lack of an attempt to hide your exhaustion.
Disadvantages: Teachers will be insulted, you might drool or make weird noises, and fellow students can capture a blackmail worthy moment.

Senior Yuki Siegrist has a rep for sleeping in class. Over the years, he has developed an advanced in-class sleeping method that involves placing his head on his desk, and sleeping on his crossed arms. Advantages: A teacher may be led to believe that instead of sleeping you are in fact reading the article that lies two inches from your face. Disadvantages: In this comfortable position you may be inclined to fall into a deep sleep. This method tends to work better if you place a book in your lap. If you have Mr. Frippiat, be prepared to pay for pizza for the class, which can potentially be very embarassing.