The Effects Of Sleep Deprivation On Public Health

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Sleep is a basic necessity for living. It is as important as the right kind of diet or good hygiene. When a person does not get a sufficient amount of sleep for their specific age, and it starts to affect their daily life, it is called sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation can be dangerous to the public as well as to an individual himself. Without sleep the simple tasks in life become hard and very tedious. Sleep deprivation is a miscalculated, but common, struggle for many people; it has countless causes and symptoms, and if left untreated for a long period of time, can lead to death. Sleep deprivation is a major health issue and concern in America because it can highly affect public and personal health. Many teens suffer from sleep deprivation. It can affect their behavior and academic ability in school as well as their personal lives. The lack of sleep causes negative attitudes in normal children and teens (Wong). A poll taken in 2006 showed that only 20 percent of teens get a suitable amount of sleep for their age. …show more content…
Teens and adolescents, will be less active in school, and at home, if they do not get a sufficient amount of sleep. If they do not get sleep for 48 hours it will be almost impossible for them to continue in their daily, necessary activities (Gale Encyclopedia). In order for teens, younger children, and adults to succeed and function properly in life, they must get the proper amount of sleep for their specific age. The National Sleep Foundation has given a chart to categorize how much a person of a certain age group should sleep. It is: 0-2 month olds should sleep for 12-18 hours, 2-12 month olds should sleep 14-15 hours, 1-3 year olds should sleep 12-14 hours, 3-5 year olds should sleep 11-13 hours, 5-10 year olds should sleep 10-11 hours, 10-17 year olds should sleep 8.5-9.5 hours, and 18 year olds and older should sleep about 7-9 hours each night (Gale

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