Sophomore Academic English
Mr. Hari - Period 4
23 September 2017
The Effects of Sleep Deprivation in Students
“Sleep deprivation is physically miserable and creatively cathartic, as internal landscapes rise up from their dormant ashes,” the young writer Jaeda DeWalt once said. A large majority of people in the world do not receive the amount of sleep they should, because of the amount of worries they have in life. Sleep deprivation is a serious matter, especially for high school students, because the amount of stress they go through. Stress in school causes a great loss of sleep and an intense schedule to keep up with. School administrations should create a bell schedule that starts school an hour later than already intended, because students’ sleeping hours will increase which leads to an increase in test scores, a healthy lifestyle, and the ability to socialize more often.
If students receive more sleep each evening, the frontal lobe would not be in danger of not developing correctly. By this function of the human brain, the frontal lobe controls learning ability and also memory. The American Psychological Association performed a study that proves, “The frontal lobe is still developing in many adolescents. Disturbing REM (rapid eye movement) sleep can slow the development of this vital portion of the brain” (6). The repetitive process of students waking up every morning with not enough sleep is not a healthy routine. A student’s brain is still developing at a young age and sleep deprivation causes the development to slow down. Not only will parents have to worry about their child slacking because of the amount of sleep they do not receive, but they also have to worry about their health. The issue occurring could cause a frightening future since the brain could stop developing correctly. By the brain not developing correctly, this could cause possible brain issues. Generally speaking, a student needs enough hours of sleep every night to be able to have a productive day. The National Sleep Foundation proclaimed , “A congressional resolution to encourage schools and school districts to reconsider early morning start times to sync with teen’s biological makeup” (5). Early start times altar with a student’s sleeping patterns. A healthy sleeping schedule easily becomes destroyed once school starts up. The one reason this occurs is because students spend many hours on not only homework, but also chores, jobs, sports, and family time. Most of the time, their number one priority is to finish their school work, but first they want to worry about other matters as well. Referring back to the text, early morning start times need to adapt for a teenager, which is not simple, when worrying about plenty of other situations happening in their personal life. With the aid of a student’s grades dropping by an unhealthy sleeping schedule, this alters with their ability to focus at an early time in the morning running on low hours of sleep. The...