Thursday, November 17, 2011

Sleep deprivation and you; the real deal

By: Logan Moore

Are you getting enough sleep? Studies from the American Psychological Association (APA) think not. People have an internal clock, which affects what time you get tired. In younger aged kids, the clock hits the hour of tired at about 8 or 9 p.m. Once kids hit puberty, they don’t get tired until about 11 p.m., or even later! As you can see, this can be a problem for many high school students. How are we supposed to get our nine hours if our body doesn’t let us sleep until late in the night?

A survey was sent out to English classes of every grade level in the high school to see how many hours students get of sleep each night. Sixty-seven percent of the males surveyed get seven or more hours of sleep each night, whereas only 49 percent of females get seven or more hours of sleep. That’s almost a 20 percent difference, folks. There are many possible reasons for this. Perhaps the guys are more active during the day, and get tired earlier. Girls could be staying up later to study or do homework.

The APA shows that only 15 percent of teenagers were reported sleeping for eight-and-a-half hours or more on a school night. Most of us teenagers tend to have wonky sleeping patterns during the week. We typically stay up late, and sleep late during the weekends, which can affect our biological clocks and mess up our sleep schedules. If teens don’t get enough sleep, their ability to listen, learn, and concentrate is limited. They are also more prone to pimples, and no one likes pimples. Sleep affects hormones that control glucose metabolism and appetite. Not to mention that inflammation and insulin resistance can also lead to acne.

There are many different solutions for a sleeping problem. Try making a set bed and wake-up time; it will help you keep on schedule and keep you more refreshed.

Make sleeping a priority! Sleep is a necessity for the body. Just like eating and drinking: sleep is not an option. Extreme sleep deprivation can cause death, just as sure as starvation does. You need sleep to feel well rested and concentrate during the day.

Don’t do homework and/or study so late at night. If you’re tired for the big test tomorrow, then you probably won’t do well anyway. Making the necessary adjustments will change you from the zombie you usually are into a fantastic little sunflower.

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