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Snooze or Lose


The classic jokes of drawing on peers or tying their shoes together while they take a snooze in math class have evolved at PRHS and other schools in the county with the rise of social media: one student has started publicly humiliating those getting their beauty sleep. The instagram account @prhs.sleepers has recently gathered attention from over a thousand by posting pictures of students caught “lacking” with their eyes shut in class, on the bus, or other school affiliated activities. The account runner posts pictures submitted from other students.

“What made me start this account was to make people laugh, you know, and just honestly do something in my spare time,” they said. The mastermind behind the account has chosen to remain anonymous, but gave us a peak behind the screen of sleepers

Starting the trend with their first post on Nov. 17, 2021, it has grown to having numerous posts throughout the day that keep Bearcats on their toes, gathering a following of 1,443 (as of Feb. Although some of the pictures of students are staged, such as a photo of one “sleeping” on a car or taking a snooze in the middle of the basketball court, some are very genuine pictures of Bearcats getting some shut eye during English class or on the soccer bus.

One unlucky snoozer, freshman Liam Murphy, has been caught on camera and posted to the account multiple times by his peers, just one of the 800 students featured so far.

“It’s English class. So I was pretty bored. I was pretty tired. And you know, tucked my arms into my shirt and I was just out like a light. You know?”

Liam murphy, 9

 Murphy had no shame in his mid-class naps, adding “I fall asleep in almost every class… sometimes my teacher wakes me up, or I just sleep until the end of the class period.”

With countless after school activities, homework assignments, and sports games, the typical teenager only gets about 6.5 hours of sleep per night, when it’s recommended to get between eight and ten full hours. This leaves an average PRHS student a little drowsy, sometimes attempting to make up those lost hours during class time.

Murphy gets about six or seven hours of sleep per night, so it’s no wonder why he catches up during the school day. While the new account posting pictures of students sleeping may seem like it’s shaming them for getting shut eye, most publicized find it humorous.

“I want to make this account PRHS history,” the creator said. Continuing on with dozens of posts per day, the account is sure to eventually feature most students here at Paso Robles High School.

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