Hitting the Hay

Hittin’ the Hay: A Look at Student Sleep Habits and Patterns
Coffee, alarm clocks, calculus homework, badminton practice, morning commutes, temper-Pedics and Netflix all affect one thing: sleep. Even though freshmen health class teach that eight to ten hours of sleep are imperative, recent surveys show that the vast majority of the student body fails to acquire that amount. This edition, The Roundup examines how our habits and activities affect student sleep. The Hitting the Hay articles can be found by clicking…
Athletes grapple with consequences, benefits of differing sleep levels
By Frankie Pastor ’20 THE ROUNDUP Speed, accuracy and timing are among the many talents that athletes possess. According to webmd.com, it is recommended that someone should receive 8 to 10 hours of sleep. If these requirements are met, an athlete will enhance their speed, accuracy, timing and endurance that are needed for their sport. Sleep also allows the healing and recovery process to occur during these essential hours. Practice,…
Sleep is being valued less, school extracurriculars more important
In a survey completed by Chris Agnone ’18 and Chris Stanek ’19, a majority of students report getting less than 8 hours of sleep per night. By Chris Agnone ’18  and Chris Stanek ’19 THE ROUNDUP The rigors of school and extracurriculars often interfere with a student’s sleep cycle which can be very detrimental to their physical and mental performance short and long term. Nationwide Children’s, adolescents need to get…
Energy drink availability increases likelihood of usage, dependence
Photo by Hunter Franklin ’19 | Noah Self ’18 drinks an energy drink before class on Monday, January 22nd. Students have become more dependent on caffeinated drinks to stay awake at school. By Kaleb Lucero ’18 THE ROUNDUP Athletic trainer Mr. Chris White said that energy drinks and caffeinated beverages may cause students to have an increasing dependency with ever-decreasing returns. “Caffeine is a substance, a drug, that people develop…
Sleep is being valued less, school extracurriculars more important
By Chris Agnone ’18  and Chris Stanek ’19 THE ROUNDUP The rigors of school and extracurriculars often interfere with a student’s sleep cycle which can be very detrimental to their physical and mental performance short and long term. Nationwide Children’s, adolescents need to get nine and half hours of sleep a night. The average teenager gets between seven and seven and a quarter hours of sleep a night. The article…
Yoga Nidra offers students an escape from stress
Photo by Josh Spano’18 | Students sleep in the former Brophy weight room as part of the Yoga Nidra Club on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. The Yoga Nidra Club currently meets once a week and students are encouraged to rest and relax. By José Acuña ’20 The ROUNDUP At lunch on Tuesdays in the Loyola Hall Weight Room, any students can participate in guided yoga meditation with the ultimate goal…
Distance from school affects sleep patterns, school performance
Photo by Josh Spano ’18 | Commuters make their way towards the West Valley on December 1 2017 via the I-10. By Alex Kirshner ‘18 THE ROUNDUP Brophy has a diverse community of students coming from all different parts of the valley. The school’s campus, which is located in central Phoenix, lends itself this vision and leads to a wider variety of students enrolled. But, while Brophy may be centrally…
OPINIONS: Technology hampers sleep, damages productivity
By Spencer Inglett ’19 THE ROUNDUP Sleep is one of the most important habits of humans, providing us with energy to endure our days and recharges us after a long one. However, our generation’s continued indulgence of numerous mediums of technology has impeded our ability to get excellent sleep. Because of this, detrimental technology should not be in bedrooms in order for people to be their best selves. While there…
Sleep plays a role in a player’s preferred practice time
By Peter Warner ’19 THE ROUNDUP Morning and afternoon practice times disrupt different athletes’ individually depending on their preferred sleeping schedule and their other extracurricular activities. Kaidan Linse ’20 was on the JVB soccer team his freshman year and has been playing club soccer his whole life. He believes afternoon practices are better for him. “(They) don’t mess with me and my schedule,” said Linse. “It allows me to go…
OPINIONS: Progression through school leads to insomnia, depression, stress
By Hayden Welty ’19 THE ROUNDUP Undeniably, a reasonable person cannot blame Brophy for single-handedly causing increased anxiety. However, if one looks at the results of a recent school survey, clear links exists between progression through the college preparatory institution and stress, sleep, and sadness levels. Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs Mr. Seamus Walsh provided The Roundup with statistics from a school-wide accreditation survey assessed this fall. The results reveal…