Essay on Sleep Deprivation And Its Effects On A Teenager

956 Words Sep 19th, 2016 4 Pages
Sleepless Consequences Many teenagers primarily ages fourteen to nineteen, generally high school and college aged students, are moderately to highly sleep deprived. Going to bed early and waking up early in the morning can have several benefits. Going to bed early can help the teen can get the highly recommended amount of sleep which is eight to ten hours which can help them catch up with the sleep they have missed. Waking up early the teen can eat breakfast, do other tasks, and have a good start to the rest of their day due to waking up rested and refreshed. Sleep deprivation can cause many detrimental effects on a teenager, including but not limited to lack of social skills, lack of attention to important events, and impaired thinking. First, a teenager will start to have a loss or lack of important social skills once becoming sleep deprived. Loss of social skills means that the teens will become too busy thinking about when they are about to go to sleep, or how they can sleep for a few minutes rather than paying attention to friends. Teens may make plans to hang out with friends and go to the movies, go to dinner, go shopping etc. but if the teen is sleep deprived he or she is more likely to blow off their friends to catch up on his or her own sleep. For example, my friend Elizabeth did not sleep more than four hours a night during her senior year of high school. Elizabeth would make plans to go to dinner or go to a movie with some of her friends but on a regular basis…

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