The Effects Of Sleep Deprivation On Teenagers Essay

1370 Words Nov 7th, 2016 6 Pages
Why Teenagers Aren’t Sleeping Enough
Imagine this; you look inside a classroom. You will most likely find a teacher at the front of the class and students sitting at their desk. Yet, look closer, and you might notice a familiar trend: many of these students are not paying attention. Instead, they are dozing off or even completely asleep. At least once a week, more than one- quarter (28 percent) of high school students fall asleep in school, 22 percent fall asleep doing homework, and 14 percent arrive late or miss school because they overslept ("Survey"). Sleep deprivation in teenagers is an epidemic here in the U.S with up to 90 percent of teenagers not getting enough sleep on school nights (Canapari). Why is it so difficult for teens to get enough sleep? Why can’t teens just shout their eyes and sleep? What stops teens from getting the sleep they need? The answers to this question vary. There are many reasons that cause teens from not getting enough sleep. School/Homework is one of the major causes that teenagers don’t get enough sleep.
A study of Rhode Island teenagers found that 15 percent were chronically sleep-deprived and accumulated a minimum 10-hour sleep deficit during the week. Forty percent went to bed after 11 p.m.; 26 percent said they usually got less than 6.5 hours on school night (Glosser). Out of the thirty teenagers I surveyed, fifteen said School/Homework keeps them up at night. I mentioned five possible reasons that I assumed may be the cause. One of…

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