Sleep debt is a major problem, not just amongst college students but all Americans. We as working individuals lead such busy lives that just don’t include time for resting. Although we may perceive sleep as a ‘necessary evil,’ it’s actually one of the most beneficial things we can provide for our bodies. More often than not, however, we fail to attain the essential hours needed to properly function. People receive an average of six hours of sleep per night- about four hours less than recommended total according to James Maas. It’s almost become a sort of de rigueur amongst adults, many of whom work multiple jobs. “‘At any given time, the American sleep debt totals nearly half a billion hours or close to two hours every night for the average American,’” (Maas 6). Sleep debt, or the paucity of sleep accumulated over time, can be linked to an increase of car crashes, the vast majority of which are caused by drivers under the age of 25.
Sleep is a time of rapid healing or, in many people, a time of rapid growth. Long periods of restful sleep accounts for the release of growth hormone in these teens, and is linked to brain maturation, which aids in the intelligence and overall maturation of an individual, if they are constantly sleep deprived, this process is severely hindered. To add insult to injury, memory consolidation, long-term memory, and its retrieval are all affected by sleep restriction, as a result, less sleep equates to a reduced level of academic
Middle Schoolers should have a bed time. They are constantly busy doing sports or homework which means they need their sleep. Sleep is very important. Middle Schoolers need to be healthy and do well in sports/school. Sometimes it is hard for Middle Schoolers to get to bed on time because they have a lot of things going on. They can’t always go to bed on time but, they need to try to as much as possible. Parents always want their Middle Schoolers to go to bed on time but they can’t always do that because of sports or school. They are extremely busy most days and can’t get to bed on time. But, they still should have a bed time, they are constantly busy with sports or homework but they still need to get sleep as much as possible.
Not getting enough sleep could eventually lead to sleep deprivation, which could deteriorate the health of students tremendously. Research shows that sleep deprivation could lead to health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. By getting enough sleep it will increase student’s moods, and lower stress. Lowering stress will decrease the
Typically, college students falling in the category of young adults should be getting anywhere from seven to nine hours of sleep per night. However, that is not the case, especially of students transitioning into their first year of college. Sleep is an essential component in our everyday lives, as much of a necessity as oxygen or water. Getting the proper amount of sleep provides many useful functions for the human body, such as the ability to retain memories and knowledge and heavily impacts our decision making (Gilbert and Weaver, 2010). Due to the fact that many students have a hard time transitioning into college, many lose the required sleep needed, thus the functions it provides resulting in a sleep deprivation.
The article I chose is "Why is Sleep Important?" by Michael Twery. I found the article on the U.S Department of Health & Human Services website. The article starts with the fact that 35 percent of adults report getting less than seven hours of sleep during a 24 hour period. I cannot say that I am surprised by that number, I know a lot of family and friends that struggle with falling asleep and staying asleep. I have an under active thyroid and I believe that I why I struggle with sleep. 15-20 percent of US adults have a chronic condition that effects sleep. A recent study in sleep health showed that a good nights sleep or lack of sleep is related to maintaining brain health and cognitive function and overall improves your well-being.
We all know this; waking up to a blaring alarm or an annoyed parent. You try to bury yourself in sheets and protect yourself from the harsh light. You drag yourself out of bed with hair blown to one side of your head. Walking across the hall like an extra from “The Walking Dead,” you eat breakfast and brush (or the other way around) and throw on some clothes. You head out and start another miserable morning. This is pretty much how I start every school morning. This is probably how a lot of you start your mornings. There’s no worse way to start a day of school than to wake up with a case of “Zombie Daze Syndrome” (ZDS). One might say that waking up tired isn’t that bad, but it is way,
Attention Getter: Sleep is essential, especially around us college students who spend each night staying awake to do projects we should of started weeks ago.
Have you ever noticed that homework is slowly taking over students’ lives? Homework should be eliminated from schools. However, doing homework, students receive higher test scores. But, what happens when homework has a negative effect on students? For instance, Clifton Parker wrote about how Denise Pope, a senior lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Education and some of her colleagues did a survey that associated with 4,317 students from 10 high schools in California. Some things the students said were, “In their open-ended answers, many students said their homework load led to sleep deprivation and other health problems.” Homework should be banned from schools because homework has become demanding, and homework has an unhealthy effect
A good number of adolescents are lacking sleep and are performing poorly both academically and physically. As a result, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is pushing educational policymakers to make middle and high schools start later in the morning (Richmond). Students show up to class seriously lacking sleep and the early start times cause them to have to wake up at hours that contradict their internal clocks, which are rhythms that determine sleep patterns. Less than half of the 10th graders get even seven hours of sleep, which is already less than the recommended hours of sleep for an adolescent (Richmond). Even if teenagers go to bed earlier, their school start times are becoming more early as they advance through grades
Many health issues can occur from not getting enough sleep. Although, these issues do not occur when students get the correct amount of sleep. “Sleep is critical to brain development, memory function, and cognitive skills especially among children and teenagers” (Experts). Some of the difficulties resulting from sleep deprivation are impaired alertness and attention, difficulty to solve problems, cope with stress, and retain information. More include, depression, substance abuse, increase in sexual activity and aggression. This can also produce mood swings, obesity, and immune disorders.
Sleep is an essential aspect of leading a happy, healthy life, and lack of it can lead to an alarming number of problems. To fully understand the impact sleep has on students, one must know the basics of sleep. While sleeping, the brain has time to process what has occurred that day, form new pathways to help learn and remember information, and improve problem solving skills (“Sleep, Learning, and Memory”). Sleep is the only time when the brain isn’t bombarded by a person’s thoughts and feelings, and isn’t forced to see and hear its surroundings. During deep sleep, the brain releases necessary hormones that boost muscle mass, repair cells and tissues, and promote normal growth (Park). Without proper sleep, the human body can be thrown into a state of disorder that can be incredibly
There’s plenty the medical field still doesn’t understand about sleep. In fact, no one is quite sure why human beings need to sleep. But sleep is absolutely vital.
When it comes to sleep, as many already know, there are various stages. However, what is rarely covered is the stages other than REM (rapid eye movement). The first stage encountered on a nightly basis is that of NREM 1 (stage 1). In this stage, our bodies essentially start to slow down various bodily functions such as breathing and pulse (“sleep”, n.d). Next comes NREM 2 (stage 2). The human body slows down its functions even further with brain activity slowing down to where there are brief pulses of electrical activity (“sleep”, n.d). Nextly, comes NREM 3 where the brain spends most of the time. It is here where functions such as breathing and pulse reach their lowest levels. Not only this, but it is during this time where vital processes happen that allows the body to function. Some of the various processes that occur include bone repair, muscle repair,tissue growth, and human growth hormone (HGH) (“What happens sleep”,n.d), Once this repairative state of sleep passes, lastly , comes the most widely talked about stage known as REM. Here, is where most of our dreams occur and is where all our arm and leg muscles become paralyzed to prevent us from reenacting our dreams; not only this but brain activity flourishes (“sleep”,n.d). While this does not directly affect why individuals should sleep more, the amount you increase or restrict daily hrs, does.With such vital processes and stages occuring while sleeping, it comes as no surprise that affecting the number of yours you sleep directly affects your health, both for positive and for negative. It also lies here where the major benefits of sleeping more take place
Hello everybody, I’m going to speak about the most time-consuming activity in our lives: sleeping. As a matter of fact, we usually don’t pay much attention to the quality of our sleep, in spite of influencing a big deal our performance during the day, our health and well-being, in other words, our quality of life. That’s the reason why I would like to introduce some interesting material to understand better this important though disregarded necessity. First of all, I’d like to explain briefly how sleep works, then I’ll tell you the effects of not sleeping at all and finally, I’ll give you some advice that may help to improve the quality of our sleep.