Sleep Deprivation Unbalances Teens

Jaclyn Weiner, Reporter

Teenagers are constantly told that not getting sufficient hours of sleep is a detriment to overall health, in both physical and emotional aspects. The need for high school to start and homework and activities, make it nearly impossible to obtain the necessary sleep.

Studies show that students who get less than the required eight and a half hours of sleep do poorly in school. Sleep deprivation affects concentration and ability to understand and process information.
Resulting factors are plummeting grades and difficulties in grasping concepts taught.

Sleep deprivation in teenagers causes emotional problems. Depression and attention deficit disorders are strengthened and brought out.

A known fact is teenagers require more sleep than children, but elementary school starts later. Children tend to be up at early hours of the morning before school even starts. This makes little sense to many. These individuals don’t realize the afternoon activity dilemma that is factored into scheduling.

Many believe that the obvious solution is to begin high school at a later hour. This would result in after school activities, especially sport practices and games, starting later, homework being done later, and having to finally go to sleep later, creating an unbreakable cycle. This seems to be an issue with no absolute solution.

Reflecting on the effects of sleep deprivation in teenagers, many don’t realize all factors involved. Until a solution is discovered, students are going to have to deal with lack of a sufficient night’s sleep.