Essay about Technology Alters Students Sleep Patterns

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Technology Alters Students Sleep Patterns “The phone beeps and they feel compelled to answer it,” said the mother of a 13-year-old in Seattle (Holson 2). “It’s not like reading a book. The book wasn’t pinging you every moment saying ‘Read me! Read me!’ You can close the book,” (Holson 2). Sleep is an essential part of human life. But is modern technology preventing us from getting the good nights rest we need? During a normal night 's sleep, the body cycles through five stages of sleep, with the last stage, Rapid Eye Movement (REM), making up about 20% of total sleep time (Alic 2). While asleep, our body produces more protein and repairs our cells for proper function (Alic 2). Teenagers need about nine hours of sleep a night for “brain development, health, and optimal performance” (Alic 3). When we lose sleep, we are not giving our body the time it needs to recover which can lead to the risk of developing health problems. After countless nights of staying up late, students are beginning to wonder what it is that is impairing their ability to fall asleep at night. The answer may be closer than they think. More and more teenagers are losing sleep as they turn to technology as a means of staying connected and as a relief from their busy schedules while light from computer screens keeps them awake even longer. One reason adolescents are losing the vital sleep they need is because they have a strong desire to stay connected on social media and are using the solitude of night…

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