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Teachers seek to maintain normal sleep schedule, balance work with rest

By Chase L. Manson ’16

While many students struggle with finding a healthy sleep pattern, some faculty members have found a routine and others struggle with getting enough rest.

Mr. Andy Mazzolini said he goes to bed almost every night at 9 p.m. and wakes up every morning at 3:30 a.m.

“My sleeping pattern started when I was in high school,” Mr. Mazzolini said. “My family was always early risers.”

Mr. Mazzolini also said he gets up early to be alone, and uses the time to get work done.

“At four in the morning, teachers are usually emailing,” Mr. Mazzolini said. “However, I rarely grade in the morning, I normally plan that out over the weekend.”

Mr. Mazzolini said he doesn’t have any problems going to sleep.

“I normally get to sleep in five minutes,” Mr. Mazzolini said. “This probably means I don’t get enough sleep.”

Mr. Mazzolini also said he doesn’t need a lot of sleep. Some teachers say they do not get enough sleep though.

“I do not get enough sleep, not even close,” said Ms. Jessie Mason. “I try to get six hours, but I normally get about four to five hours.”

Ms. Mason said that her duties as a teacher and her extracurricular activities get in the way.

“I am always juggling all my responsibilities,” Ms. Mason said. “I try to be well rounded and live all of those aspects to the fullest.”

Ms. Mason said her schedule is very flexible and sometimes sleep becomes a priority.

“There is certain stuff that is planned,” Ms. Mason said. “However, sometimes I do have to cancel events to make sure I get sleep.”

Ms. Mason  said that this year her sleep schedule is much better than her first year at Brophy.

“My sleeping schedule is much better,” Ms. Mason said. “It’s hard to be a new teacher, there is just so much planning.”

Ms. Mason said that her sleeping schedule returns to normalcy in the summer.

“When summer comes I get a good healthy sleeping pattern,” Ms. Mason said. “When school comes, sleep becomes a luxury.”

As a new teacher this year, Ms. Breanne Toshner said her sleeping schedule is much better than when she was an engineer.

“When I was an engineer I was at the office until two in the morning,” Ms. Toshner said. “Here I have much more freedom, but there is still a ton of prep.”

Ms. Toshner also said her sleep has improved since she is happier here; however, she said she struggles with sleeping for long stints.

“Staying asleep is a hurdle for me,” Ms. Toshner said. “However, the more sleep you do have is excellent.”

Ms. Toshner said she goes to bed around 10 p.m. and wakes up early in the morning.

“I am an early riser,” Ms. Toshner said. “Sometimes I get up early to hike. Exercise has really improved my sleep.”

Ms. Toshner and Mr. Mazzolini said they do drink coffee regularly.

“I do drink coffee, it’s necessary,” Ms. Toshner said. “However, I don’t drink caffeine after noon, it does have an effect on me.”

Ms. Mason said she does not drink a lot of caffeine but said that milk helps her sleep.

“I drink milk, which has tryptophan,” Ms. Mason said. “Tryptophan is the brain’s natural chemical that induces sleep.”

Mr. Mazzolini said he has advice about sleep.

“I think in the end people have little control of their sleep patterns,” he said. “However, a good restful sleep is imperative.”

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