The Consequences And Effects Of Lack Of Sleep In High Schools

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“Fatigue is the best pillow”, Benjamin Franklin once said that, which means that not getting enough sleep and being tired is the best mental state to be, but I don’t agree. Sleep deprivation has consequences, which can occur to everybody. Sadly, I am one of the people who experiences or experienced it. I started to become sleep deprived in high school. With school, volunteering in different activities, video games and lots of homework, I receive a couple hours of sleep, which has influenced my performance in school. The effects from lack of sleep include threats to the human body, health, and endangering society, but these can be prevented by developing good sleep hygiene, educating ourselves, and getting involved in programs. Now that I have …show more content…
Us college students, lack of sleep and tired in the day, but awake at night. Some of these reasons could be because of work or studying, which is normal and reasonable because these are important to us, but we are not aware of the effects or damage that sleep deprivation has. It affects our attention, judgment, and concentration, which causes the inability to perform our tasks. For instance, according to an article, Causes and Consequences of Sleepiness Among College Students from the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Chervin and Hershner state, “Among 1,039 undergraduate students, 16% reported falling asleep while driving and 2% had a motor vehicle accident due to sleepiness.” Not only can lack of sleep affect our mental state and endanger society, but it disturbs the human body and can develop health problems and sleep disorders. For example, according to the articles, 10 Things to Hate About Sleep Loss from Web MD and What are Sleep Deprivation and Deficiency from the National Institutes of Health, sleep deprivation can lead to chronic health problems, such as high blood pressure, obesity, and heart disease, and sleep disorders, such as depression and insomnia. Though we ignored its effects and become unaware of it, our health care providers lack this information as well, which is shocking and alarming. For instance, according to an article, Raising Awareness of Sleep as …show more content…
For this reason, we should take notice and action. However, individuals, especially us, college students, will realize that changing and adjusting to good sleep hygiene will be complicated because we are adapted to our primary routine, such as being tired in the day, awake and attentive at night, and sleeping late. Though we have adapted to this, we have to consider the consequences of sleep deprivation as well. One way to take action is to perform good sleep hygiene and informing individuals who lack of sleep as well. Another way to take action is to participate or contribute in the National Sleep Awareness Week, which provides education and awareness to promote and recognize the importance of sleep (March 2-9, 2014, but March 2-8, 2015) and Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, which provides education about the risks of drowsy driving as well as to improve safety (November 2-9, 2014). You can donate a small amount or simply spread the word about it. Though National Sleep Awareness week has passed this year, you can still act or perform the good sleep hygiene and as well as participate in the Drowsy Driving Prevention Week. Nevertheless, sleep deprivation has an extensive effect on individuals as well as society, but actions and solutions are considered to cease and prevent

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