It is widely known that peer pressure, drug and alcohol abuse, and reckless driving are dangers that some teenagers may face; however, there is one major, yet less publicized problem that an increasing number of teenagers are dealing with on a daily basis. Both teenagers and adults suffer from sleep deprivation, but “the problem is most acute among teens” (Richter). Sleep deprivation is being referred to as an epidemic among experts, and it can have drastic effects on a teenager’s physical, mental, and social well-being. “The most recent national poll shows that more than 87 percent of U.S. high school students get far less than the recommended eight to 10 hours of sleep each night” (Richter). Teenagers have “irregular sleep patterns” and they
School Start Times Affect Teenagers Health A teenagers sleep/wake cycle can be two to three hours different than younger kids and adults. Later start times could help teenagers get the sleep they desperately need. Many students report of being tired during the school day. Therefore this is an important topic to look at because of all the problems this is creating for teenagers and young adults. Many schools across the United States start school before 8:30AM, which is not only unhealthy for teens but it can also be dangerous.
Teenagers are known to posses many negative characteristics including forgetfulness and irresponsibility. Sleep researcher Wendy Troxel states that “many of the… unpleasant characteristics that we chalk up to being a teenager - moodiness, irritability, laziness, depression - could be a product of chronic sleep deprivation” (“Why School Should Start Later”). Traits that do not normally seem as if they were influenced by sleep surprisingly are. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Adolescents who do not get enough sleep are more likely to be overweight, not engage in daily physical activity, suffer from symptoms of depression, engage in unhealthy risk behaviors such as drinking, smoking tobacco, and using illicit drugs, and perform poorly in school” (“Schools Start Too Early”). Not only does sleep affect teenagers’ characteristics, but it also affects their health and risk
Teenagers and Depression Teenagers experience a great deal of life changing events and some studies even suggest that the teenage years may be the most stressful time in people lives. Academics' are the most effective in teenage depression; putting in effort to make exceptional grades, pass exams and having enough credits to graduate. Another cause of teenage depression is sleep deprivation, which consist of unhealthy sleeping habits due to studying late and fitting in a healthy social life. Teenagers also have worries about money as far as how they will pay for school events and keeping up with fashion trends to fit in to society are the most popular ways of money worries. Then there are relationship concerns with family, friends, and boyfriends or girlfriends.
Moreover, mothers of children with irregular sleep have significantly more irregular sleep habits than those of children with morning-regular sleep” (Komada, 1). Irregular sleeping patterns can lower the quality of sleep a child receives and may also cause sleep deprivation, sleep apnea, and other problems pertaining their mood. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine quoted Dr. Dean Beebe explaining, “First, inadequate sleep causes everyone, including children, to be biased towards seeing the world in a more negative light and less in a positive one” (Beebe, 2) Dr, Beebe went on to explain that poor sleep also lead to mood swings and negative actions towards events along with poor attention. Thus showing that parents inadequate sleep can cause major damage in a child's social life and behavior. The lack of sleep can leave a child with long term sleep deprivation increasing their risk for chronic illnesses.
According to Stedman’s dictionary (2006), “Sleep deprivation is a sufficient lack of restorative sleep over a cumulative period so as to cause physical or psychiatric symptoms and affect routine performance of tasks”. Research shows that sleep deprivation is most common among adolescents as they dealt with making choices about managing their time. Teenagers commonly have delayed sleep phase syndrome approximately 7 to 16% and this syndrome manifests inability to sleep at the desired time. This concern possibly lead to serious effects such as low academic performance and the lack to cope up with heavy requirements in college life (Ghamdi, 2013). This paper aims to know the effects of sleep deprivation in the academic performance of the nursing students by using a pilot study using 10 percent of the Level 3 Nursing students of Xavier University.
As homework is the leading cause of the lack of sleep teachers should evaluate how much work they assign a night. Additionally, Kim also explains the effect of sleep deprivation in students which can cause heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes. Sleep also plays an important role in cognitive functions and consolidating memories. Without the correct amount of sleep, students’ risks of getting these type of diseases increases. Students need the
Many early starting high schools have changed their starting times because students grades were dropping and they were not as prepared and focused. The start time here at Mentor is affecting the student 's grades and overall mental health, however, there are many ways that we can fix this issue. Mentor High School starts at 7:22 A.M. and at that time the sun is still rising so some students have to walk to the bus stop in the dark. With extracurricular activities, sports, and homework most students do not have time to relax and spend time with friends and family. According to the national sleep foundation it is natural that teenagers are not able to fall asleep before 11 P.M.
Do teenagers have a better work performance in later times than in early times? I'm pretty sure most teenagers hate getting up for school.Most teenagers have trouble waking up and leaving their comfortable beds just to wake up early for school.Not getting enough sleep can lead to mad tempers and poor performance in class and here is why. Early school times prevent many adolescents from getting the sleep they need.It is more difficult for teenagers to go to sleep earlier in the evening than it is for younger kids.As a result,when it is time to wake up for school the teenager’s body thinks it is still in the middle of the night and hasn’t had enough sleep to feel restarted.Teenagers who do not get enough sleep night after night carry a significant risk of emotional and behavioral problems such as irritability and decision making; and lower overall performance in everything from academics to
Today nearly 2/3 get under 8, and 2/5 get under 6 hours of sleep per night” (School Start Later. Healthy hours). Students are sevearly behind in sleep as they get older and that causes implications as said in the current paragrah as well as I also learned in Health class that chronic sleep loss also contributes to higher depression rates, suicidal ideation, and obesity. Schools starting earlier hurts the children's