Sleep Deprivation Essay

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Bailee, and the rest of the track team, head towards the bus after the finished track meet. Once again, it is another late night, and the bus doesn’t leave until 9:45. Bailee begins to think about everything she has to do when she arrives home: take a shower, homework, pack her practice bag, everything that will prepare her for the following school day. Tired, she tries to sleep on the bumpy, uncomfortable bus, but she is unable to fall asleep. It is 11:15, and the track team approaches the school parking lot. Bailee hurries towards her car and steps into it quickly. She drives home, drowsy, almost falling asleep at the wheel. By the time she gets home and completes everything she has to do, it is about 1 o’clock in the morning by the time …show more content…
A child’s performance in school may begin to drop if they are sleep deprived. A child may show changes in behavior if they are not getting enough sleep. Max, an eleventh grader, spends most of his time on the internet or reading, like most teenagers, but after school his time is consumed by practices. Every day after practice he comes home and scatters multiple books and papers across the table. Some nights, he spends as little as 20 minutes doing homework. Other nights he spends hours just trying to complete his school work. Although Max spends a great amount of time on his homework, he still does not receive the grades that he and his parents both want. His grades begin to drop drastically. Because of the late nights, Max has to face numerous difficulties in the …show more content…
Robert C. Basner once said, “ If you lose sleep, even 12 hours over multiple days, you can undergo some changes in your heart function and blood pressure”(Basner). He also said, “Not getting the correct amount of sleep can trigger obesity because if you don’t get the right amount of sleep your “hunger” hormones increase and drive overeating” (Basner). Americans tend to get less sleep than they used to decades ago. Nowadays people have many so called “solutions” to compensate for their loss of sleep (GALLUP). People today often load up on special drinks or “vitamins” that are made up of mostly caffeine that people rely on to get them through the day. It has been scientifically proven that getting a good night’s sleep is necessary for physical and mental health. It has been proven that Americans, especially young adults and teenagers, do not get the required amount of sleep a person needs each night (U.S. News). Evidently, continuing to deprive the body of sleep does cause certain long term health problems, especially if the habit is continued for many years. This is why getting the correct amount of sleep is

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