Causes And Consequences Of Sleep Health

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Sleeping is one of the best and most important things that we as humans do. Sleep is important in regulating many bodily functions. When we sleep, we give the body the opportunity to repair itself and regain what it has lost or what got damaged during the day. While asleep the body goes through a lot of thing: muscle growth, tissue repair, release of growth hormone, and protein synthesis. If sleep is so important then what is it that most people, specifically young adults, get so little of it? According to Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School only about 10 percent of college students get adequate sleep. Sleep health among adolescents is a huge public concern and rightly so. Lack of sleep leads to numerous health complication …show more content…
The authors of “Causes and consequences of sleepiness among college students”, Shelley D Hershner and Ronald D Chervin, discovered that sixteen percent of about a thousand undergraduate college students have reported falling asleep while driving. These students are endangering the rest of the population by falling asleep. This issue needs to be addressed, so what type of interventions are being used? The Healthy People 2020 has 4 objectives for sleep health, but only 3 of them are applicable to my chosen topic. The first objective was to decrease rate of car crashes for every 100 million miles driven that are due to drowsy driving. This is a great objective because while it is clear to see how sleep deprivation affects an individual, a sleep deprived driver puts the rest of the population at risk. College students are one of the most sleep deprived group, and their lifestyle makes them more susceptible to being the ones affected by “drowsy driving”. A study by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine did a study on 263 students and discovered that 17 percent of them had fallen asleep behind the wheel and 2.2 …show more content…
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