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Are the students of CRSHS having sufficient sleep?IntroductionCordillera Regional Science High School (CRSHS) is a school for academic achievers. It is a school for competent students who urge themselves to perform at a more-than-satisfactory level. However, due to the students trying to accomplish requirements or cramming, they sacrifice hours of sleep. This leads to the question: Are students of CRSHS having enough hours of sleep?Most people believe that sleep is just a “passive, dormant part of our lives” but it actually plays a crucial role in the reparative and integrative processes of our brain. The brain stays remarkably active during sleep, it processes and prepares information, creates and consolidates memories, clears out toxins, and stores information into long-term memory (Gregoire, 2014). This is especially during adolescence, when the sleep-wake cycle is still maturing, which is why at least eight and a half hours of sleep is highly recommended for adolescents. Sleep is vital to an adolescent’s system since there is a biological shift in their internal clock. An article from UCLA Health (n.d.) expounds on the two factors that have an effect on the alertness and the sleepiness a human is given at any time in a day. The first factor is how long it has been since someone last slept or the sleep-wake balance. Staying up for too long will ruin the sleep-wake balance. The other factor is the internal body clock which controls the circadian rhythms of the body and dictates the body’s sleep mechanism.According to Short et al. (2011), parent-set bedtimes are associated with improved sleep, this is because they set early bedtimes thus sufficient hours of sleep and less fatigue are acquired by the adolescents who sleep according to parent-set bedtimes. In a preliminary survey, most students here in the Cordillera Regional Science High School do not go by parent-set bedtimes and end up sleeping between eleven pm to one in the morning, especially because of poor adolescent time management and schoolwork that overlap a teenager’s schedule. National Sleep Foundation’s data notes that one study found out that only 15% teens sleep for eight and a half hours on school nights. Students try to catch up on the loss of sleep by sleeping longer on weekends, paying off their “sleep debt”. Lee et al. (2012) states that short sleep duration and long weekend oversleeps worsens insufficient sleep and leads to more sleep disorders.Insufficient sleep occurs when a person sleeps for less than eight hours. Once this becomes regular in a person’s sleep schedule, the person may be a subject towards cognitive and mental issues. Lack of sleep increases drowsiness and fatigue. It disrupts the sleep-wake balance and also a factor of many issues in the adolescent health. According to a National Sleep Foundation Study, drowsiness or fatigue is the principal cause of at least 100,000 traffic accidents each year. One North Carolina state study found that 55% of all “fall-asleep” crashes were caused by drivers under the age of 25.Insufficient sleep may also lead to emotional problems, difficulty in focusing, and harms life expectancy. This could also lead to the failing of a student’s academic performance. Studies show that poor sleepers are more prone to failing grades because there is a relationship between sleep and academic performance (Lee et al., 2015). Paediatr Child Health (2008) reasons out that insufficient sleep affects memory, concentration, and motivation of an adolescent.The study’s intent is to determine the sleep behaviors of Cordillera Regional Science High School students. This study aims to answer the following questions:Is there a correlation between the hours of sleep and the academic performance among CRSHS students?What are the reasons for sleeping late among CRSHS students?Does sleep deprivation affect the mental soundness of CRSHS students? The findings of this study will help improve the lifestyle of CRSHS students considering that insufficient sleep has increasingly become the norm among adolescent populations, tackling the issue would be a nice way to confront it and put an end to it. As Garey (n.d.) has stated in her article, it is not a normal part of growing up and it’s symptoms and consequences have concrete effects on even the most resilient kids and potentially devastating ones on those who have a predisposition toward mood disorders like depression. This study would be able to raise awareness on the issue of sleep deprivation and may serve as a “wake-up call” to educators and students.