Sleep Deprivation In High School

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When I was in high school, I remembered how difficult it was to get up and get ready for school because I always finish my schoolwork late at night. My high school routine was to get up in the morning by 5:40 am and get ready because our school’s first bell was at 7:45 am. School day ends at 2:37 pm. Unfortunately, since I was aspiring to be a “well-rounded” student a student who is ideal to get into colleges that he or she plans on attending, I don’t go home right after school. My afterschool tasks consisted of clubs and/or cabinet position meetings, teachers’ conference, group projects to finish, and/or community service to fulfill. There were times where I had to do more than one afterschool activity on the same day. As exhausting as all …show more content…
According to Anne Harding, a writer for CNN, she mentions how sleep deprived students are three times more likely to experience depression and have suicidal thoughts compared to others who got enough rest. “Sleep deprivation and depression go hand in hand among teenagers…Instead of giving them medications, I’d rather give them a change to sleep better,” (qtd. in Harding). Because of students’ unpredictable sleeping cycle, teenagers may experience insomnia as well, since they do not have a regular sleeping schedule. Another health concern with sleep deprivation is obesity. In Harding’s article, a reported issue stated that sleep deprived teenagers “tend to eat more carbohydrates and fats, with every hour of sleep that is lost increasing the odds of obesity by eighty percent.” Not only that, because of sleep deprivation, people usually feel constantly tired to do extra work like exercise and stay fit; which decreases the amount of calories burned. Obesity is also linked to other health concern such as Type 2 diabetes, and heart diseases; and these all come from its rootsleep deprived bodies (“Sleepy Teens”). Another major concern for sleep-deprived people is their lack of awareness and safety. Researchers at The George Institute for Global Health in Sydney, Australia mentioned, “Less sleep per night significantly increased the risk for car crash for young drivers” (qtd. in Fox). Researchers also discovered that an estimate of five percent to thirty percent of crashes is recognized to fatigue in the United States, Australia, and United Kingdom. Not only are sleep-deprived teenagers losing their sleep, they are also risking their own

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