The Importance Of Teenage Sleep

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As children grow up and become teenagers, they are biologically required more hours of sleep than adults. Teens are going through a significant part of their life therefore it is necessary for them to sleep for 9 hours every night. Sleep is vital for the brain. Essential body functions and brain activity occur while sleeping. Sleep insufficiency can be very harmful, and affecting someone’s productivity and functioning throughout the day. Not only that, it also negatively affects the mood and performance. During puberty, a teenager’s body starts to change. One change that is connected with the way they sleep, is the shift in the circadian rhythms. “A circadian rhythm is any biological process that displays an endogenous, entrainable oscillation of about 24 hours. These 24-hour rhythms are driven by a circadian clock” (Wikipedia). When teenagers start going through puberty this rhythm makes them go to sleep a couple hours later than when they used to normally go to sleep. What plays a big part in a teen’s sleep is the sleep-wake balance and the internal body clock. An explanation given by UCLA Sleep Disorders Center states that “The sleep-wake balance shows how long has it been since you have last slept while the internal body clock manages the timing of periods of sleepiness and wakefulness throughout the day.”When you stay awake more than usually, your sleep-wake balance turns off. That causes you to be sleepy. Among others; increased hours of study, waking up early,
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