Sleep is an important factor of students’ everyday routine. Sleep refreshes your brain and body for the next day. Adolescents at ages ranging from 10-14 need about nine to ten hours of sleep every night. However, that consistency tends to change as school approaches.
As teenagers grow, they generally start to become naturally short on sleep; as homework in school piles up, the amount of sleep students get can drastically change from the amount they should have every night.
The amount of sleep adolescents get every night ranges from seven hours to five hours. That’s a two to a five-hour difference. For adolescents at ages ten through fourteen, less than nine hours of sleep can affect their performance in school and out of school activities.
Students often go to school drowsy and tired from a night with little sleep and without the energy to learn. Furthermore, lack of sleep can result in high blood pressure, heart failure, and stroke. The Cleveland Clinic Organization claims, “The brain literally starts eating itself from a deficiency of sleep.”
When asked how much their sleep has changed (in hours) during the summer and when school started, Stacey seventh graders Trina Nguyen and Yahir Paulin ran into problems with sleep patterns.
Trina Nguyen said, “During the summer, I got around nine hours of sleep every night. However, when school started, I began getting about six hours of sleep every night, but some nights have been narrowed to just only three hours. It’s hard to maintain a social life and also get my work done. There have been days where I don’t get to do anything socially and instead purely work on school activities, but I still manage to stay up past the usual time I sleep.”
Another Stacey 7th grader Yahir Paulin said, “My sleep pattern hasn’t drastically changed to where I only get 3 hours of sleep a night, but there have been some nights where I had to stay up a few hours past the time I usually sleep.”
When habits of less than five hours of sleep every night continue for over a course of three years, serious problems may occur, such as an increase in cancer risks, lack of awareness, forgetfulness, lack of focus, and a creation of a weak immune system.
As homework heaps, adolescent scholars gradually get less and less sleep; this shortage of sleep may cause future problems for them education wise, mentally, and physically.