The Effects Of Sleep Deprivation On The Sleep Cycle Essay

1715 Words Dec 3rd, 2015 7 Pages
Sleep deprivation, which affects the sleep cycle, is a problem plaguing much of the human population. While there are copious amounts of scientific evidence about the consequences and many have authored about the issue, such as William Dement and Paul Martin, many people are still seemingly ignorant to it. Even though studies show that both adults and adolescents in America are becoming more and more sleep deprived, the problem seems to be exponentially more severe in adolescents. Many social, cultural, and biological factors have impeded adolescents from getting the required amount of sleep. Although it appears adolescents are able to cope with sleep deprivation, obedience to modern technology and to the demands of school, coupled with the unawareness of society, affects the sleep cycle of teens.
Where stereotypically high school is seen as the best and easiest four years of one’s life, the National Sleep Foundation claims that adolescents are suffering a myriad of negative consequences from sleep deprivation. These consequences such as depression, anxiety, and thoughts of suicide coupled with the high school system are keeping the students in a vicious cycle. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the early start times of schools are preventing many adolescents from getting the recommended 8 to 10 hours of sleep. Getting enough sleep is crucial to adolescents’ health, safety, and academic performance. It seems that many high school students…

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