You mean to hit the sack early—you really do. But before you know it, it’s past midnight and you’re still doing homework. Now your mind is racing, so you scroll through TikTok while you wait to get sleepy. Hours later you finally turn off your phone, and—BEEP! BEEP!—just when you’ve fallen asleep, your alarm is blaring that it’s time to get up.
If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. “I am not getting enough sleep by a long shot,” says Vyshnavi, a senior from Georgia. “I sleep about five hours a night, if I’m lucky.” In fact, most teens don’t get enough sleep—which is a problem because your brain processes and stores information from your day while you sleep. Missing too much pillow time makes it hard to focus and remember things, and it increases your risk of long-term health problems like diabetes and heart disease. Plus, you just feel rotten when you’re not well-rested.
The good news is, it’s easy to develop healthy sleep habits. But first you need the facts about how to get the best rest possible. So take this quiz to test how much you know about snoozing, and get ready for the sleep of your dreams.