The Sleep Deprivation Epidemic Is Affecting Teenagers Across The Country

4041 WordsApr 8, 201717 Pages
The purpose of this research is to explore the sleep deprivation epidemic currently affecting teenagers across the country. A study was conducted through the use of survey research on a group of students at Knightdale High School of Collaborative Design which asked questions regarding their current sleeping habits, and its affect on their academic performance. Questions considering other outside factors contributing to the lack of sleep of students were also included. 271 students participated in the survey spanning grade levels 9 to 12. The results of the study were that the majority of the students did not get the widely recommended 8 to 10 hours of sleep per night for teenagers, and the majority of those who did not also believed that…show more content…
In addition, sleep is critical for decision making and critical thinking (Gilbert & Weaver, 2010). Adolescents need to sleep the recommended amounts of time to be able to function at their optimum level. They are unable to think as clearly or perform at the highest level in sports, school, or at work when they are tired (“Sleep and Teens”, n.d.). Sleep has been an important topic of research for many years. Early sleep literature only reported observations from sleep habits to compare and contrast with the data taken from the wake state. Before the majority of the science behind sleep was discovered, it was assumed that sleep was when the brain “turned off” and was in an entirely homogeneous state (Dement, 1998). Slowly, advancements were made in the study of sleep, including in 1729 when Jean Jacques d’Ortous deMairan demonstrated the persistence of circadian rhythms and in 1877 when narcolepsy was first described in medical literature (Dement, 1998; “Sleep Research Timeline”, 2017). Sleep research has since become much more advanced and is progressing quickly. One aspect of this research also included how sleep deprivation can affect academic performance. It is has been proven many times and with a variety of studies that sleep deprivation negatively impacts academic performance. The implication is that if these students are staying up later, their grades should be suffering. There are direct connections between rapid eye

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