Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Teens and Young Adults

1085 WordsJun 23, 20185 Pages
It had been a long week at school. I arrive on Friday morning feeling awful. Thankfully, there were only seven more dreadful hours until I was done. The second the 8th period bell rang, I quickly grabbed my belongings from my locker and got into the comfort of my car. I was driving with the heat on medium, the music on low volume, and both hands on the steering wheel. The next thing I know, I felt a heavy thump as my car had drifted into the rear driver-side door of a Toyota Sienna in the lane to my left. I had dozed off. It was only when I saw the two young children in the back of the minivan that I realized this situation could have been a whole lot worse. Not to mention that this was my fourth car accident since getting my license, and…show more content…
Moreover, those who suffer from delayed sleep phase disorder typically have a difficult time dealing with daily commitments, particularly those which begin early in the morning such as school and work. Unquestionably, it would be a huge benefit to anyone who suffers from DSPD to take the necessary measures in order to correct his or her circadian rhythm so that a full night’s sleep can become a daily necessity. Conspicuously, there are numerous excuses as to why a teen or young adult would deprive themselves of sleep. Whether it is caused by a jam-packed schedule or some type of sleeping disorder, the issue needs to be addressed and measures need to be taken so that they, once again, are able get a proper night’s sleep. There are two distinct sides that researchers take when it comes to helping teens and young adults get enough sleep. The most prevalent is when the sleep deprived person tries to fix their sleep issues on their own or with the help of their family or doctor. Commonly used practices include consuming over the counter or prescription sleeping medication; making sure one sticks to a regular sleep schedule, even on the weekends; avoiding naps; and avoiding stimulating and stressful activities near bedtime, this includes exercise and anything that involves a backlit screen, such as a computer or TV (Saisan, Smith, Robinson & Segal, 2013). If a person truly has the desire to help themselves by going to sleep and waking up at normal hours, he
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