Sleep Deprivation Essay

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Sleep Deprivation



It’s seven thirty in the morning, the time that most American high schools begin class. Instead of being chipper and ready to learn, most teenagers, at this time of the morning, can barely remain awake. These puffy eyed pupils are by no means ready to learn. Sixty percent children under 18 reported being sleepy during the day, with another fifteen percent reporting that they had fallen asleep during the school day within the past year (National Sleep Foundation, Dozing). Though adolescents require a larger amount of sleep than younger children, they usually receive much less (Indiana University Center for Adolescent Studies). The amount of sleep a teenager receives affects him or her both physically and
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Another way to combat teenage sleep deprivation is through providing better education on the matter. The information that most teenagers receive on the affects of sleep deprivation is minimal. For example, though a North Carolina state study showed that most sleep-related automobile accidents involve individuals under the age of 25 (National Sleep Foundation, Crashes), sixty percent of parents with children old enough to drive admitted that they hadn’t discussed that danger of falling asleep at the wheel with their child (National Sleep Foundation, Dozing). Between seventy-three and eighty-five percent of parents believe that their children should receive just as much time learning about good sleep habits at school as they do learning about exercise and nutrition (National Sleep Federation, Dozing).
“Sleep experts feel really strongly that high school timings are out of sync with the natural circadian rhythms of adolescents,” commented Michele Kipke, head of the National Academy of Science’s Board on Children, Youth and Families (Kaufman). One way to correct this inconsistency would be to start the school day later. “Because of their unique sleep needs, teenagers’ brains are not ready to be alert until long after the typical high school day has begun,” said Richard Gelula, Nation Sleep Foundation Executive…