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The Sure Sign Of Sleep Deprivation - A Perfectionist Who's Lost His Motivation

by Sam

I'm 13 and lemme tell ya, I'm definitely not up to par. I'm one of those, over-achievers, the people that cry buckets when they get anything less that an A-. Ever since fourth grade, I've been that way, and it was really helping me get good grades in school. Ever since sixth grade however, I was heading for disaster, but I didn't know at the time.

So in sixth grade I would sleep at anytime between 10pm and 2am was running fine on the amount of sleep I was getting which was mostly usually between 6 and 7 hours. Then, in seventh grade, I started to feel the effects of sleep deprivation, although my grades were still good. I was tired and groggy for the first half of the school day, then the exhaustion would hit me like a ton of bricks when I got home. But I was okay, getting between 6-8 hours then.

Then I entered with grade 8 and it's been the best. I wake everyday tired and it takes longer to do assignments, I feel like i am getting dumber instead of smarter, I forget things often, I hit snooze way too many times. I know for sure, I need to fix it. The sure sign of sleep deprivation is, I've lost my motivation. As a perfectionist, that's unusual and its very alarming.

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Feb 04, 2016
16 All A's, All Honors, Major Insomniac NEW
by: Sword Ferret

Part of it's mental. Kid. Tell yourself you don't need sleep. When you can't sleep get out of bed. Do 45 minutes of work, 15 minutes of play. Or 30/30 if there's not much to be done.

If your body/mind won't let you, as a seasoned insomniac it's better not to fight it. Yeah my motivation levels drop more often, but they remain semi-stable. Why? Because I have 23 hours of the day to use, and homework fills 4 of them. I get 6-8 's on my essays (AP scoring rubric) 90's on tests.

Think of it like a blessing and a curse. You got more time in the day. Congrats.

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