Teens Sleep Deprived

Teens Sleep Deprived

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“Recent studies show that adolescent sleep patterns actually differ from those of adults or kids.” People ranging in ages from 10 to 25 usually have sleep apnea but the worst is for teens ranging in ages from 13 to 18 years of age according tokidshealth.org.


For teens their time clock it different meaning that instead of only needing eight hours of sleep teens need at least nine and a half to ten hours of sleep to function properly. So if a teen were to get up at six am for school that person would need to go to bed at nine pm. But according to www.sleepfoundation.org the body’s circadian rhythm (sort of like an internal biological clock) is temporarily reset, telling a person to fall asleep later and wake up later, so for teens it is not unusual to not be able to fall asleep until 11pm.


Lacking sleep not only means that you’ll be tired the next day but it also means that you are at risk of serious health problems. The more serious health risks are heart failure, stroke, and diabetes. The less deadly but still serious health risks are it dumbs you down by reducing your ability to concentrate, reasoning and problem solving. Also ageing skin is a symptom of sleep loss, this are caused by extreme amounts of stress hormones which cause the proteins in your skin, that make your skin look and feel young, to break down and deteriorate. Another indicator that you are lacking sleep is weight gain which is caused by getting less than six to seven hours of sleep which cause the cells in your brain to make you crave high fat and high-carbohydrate foods according to www.webmd.com.


Not only technology and stress make it hard to get the full nine and a half hours of sleep but school start time also contributes. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said “Studies have shown that students do better if they start their school day rested, it’s ‘common sense’ that tells me teenagers are struggling to wake up early,” according to www.today.com. Even though he feels this way only the public school can make the decision to start school later.  Dr. Erin Richman, a specialist in adolescent developmental psychology at FSCJ, said “it’d be like asking adults to start work every morning at 3:00 AM. Would you want to do that? Imagine how tired you’d be. That’s what the 7:00 AM start time is like for most teenagers,” according to news.wjct.org.