How Sleep Affects The Brain

1309 WordsJul 5, 20156 Pages
Sleeping affects the brain in ways that cannot be achieved by any other method, at least naturally. Lack of sleep is consistent with “higher levels of depressed mood, fatigue, and sleepiness,” which is observable in any person, but this trend is especially more true for adolescents, because of their developing brain and increased workload. (Fuligni, 2006) Students around the age of fourteen and fifteen are transitioning from middle school into high school and are forced to interrupt their previously set daily circadian due to earlier and later school obligations as well as increased socializing, after-school studying and extracurricular activities. The student’s home life and upbringing can play a large part in their mental health and even their ability to adapt well to change. Although the family environment stays relatively constant through this change, new roles and responsibilities may be assigned due to increased maturity. There is not one home that is exactly alike and not one child that has been raised the same way. This fact is the reason for requiring such a large sample of students, not only to account for gender diversities and cultural backgrounds, but also to gather a large amount of data that will all be different in order to be able to draw the most accurate conclusion of averages as possible. Variables such as families history, parent’s education, and families values need to be taken into consideration and evaluated as a possible factor, just as much as the
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