Summary: The Importance Of Sleep

You Snooze You Lose
Sleep has been an enigma among scientists for many centuries, and continues to puzzle the scientific world. It is known that animals will die without sleep, however, organisms can be seen going days without sleep while still functioning close to normal. As scientists gain more and more knowledge on the topic, the world has learned that sleep affects not only one function in the body, but a multitude of systems. Therefore, when looking at sleep among students, it seems crucial that they receive the proper amount and quality of rest. However, sleep deprivation among adolescents has consistently risen as a prevalent issue because of the rigorous schedules students are encountering, and the detrimental habits teens have developed
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This is extremely important to know when following an appropriate sleep schedule as a student. There are many factors that contribute to having quality sleep, and when looking at teens in this day and age, it is seen that the majority are not sleeping correctly. This is proved by a study done in Spain, where 60 percent of the students tested were classified as "bad sleepers" (Tsui). Also, our teens are shown not receiving the proper amount of sleep. In fact, there has been a 13.3 percent reduction in sleep length of students since 1969 (Brown). There are many bad habits that have risen up within our modern society among teens that will dramatically affect sleep quality. These bad habits include, but are not limited to, excessive napping, multiple alarms in the morning, and use of technology within an hour of going to bed. It has shown a large increase in bad sleeping habits and sleep deprivation over the past 3 decades (Tsui). Another factor that must be looked at to understand the wide affect sleep deprivation has had on students, is the biology of sleep. "The biology of sleep for humans change as we age, so a 7 A.M. wake time may be reasonable for adults but not teens" (Foster). …show more content…
The effects stress the magnitude of a healthy amount of sleep, and how crucial it is for our bodies and minds. This is especially true while being schooled as an adolescent. When looking at the effects of sleep on students, it is important to look at both the physical and emotional effects. Also many of the issues may snowball into worse, and sometimes deadly symptoms simply from sleep deprivation. When looking at mental effects, sleep has shown to control the ability to generate innovative solutions, sense of humor, and mood (Foster). In addition, sleep deprivation in teens increases lower grades, worse concentration skills, and anger (Noland). This was seen in a study where lack of sleep released the stress hormone, cortisol, which leads to anger and fights. Poor sleep quality has also shown to cause some more serious effects, such as depression, anxiety, and fatigue (Tsui). Therefore, sleep deprivation has a large impact on teen 's moods and anger, which can interfere with their schoolwork and relationships (Stanley). This becomes detrimental to a student 's academics, because their relationships with their friends, family, and teachers may worsen. In addition to affecting student 's moods, sleep deprivation has a large impact on their cognitive actions. Without sleep, neurons that help with focus are killed off by harmful toxins (Stanley). Therefore,

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