High school students today are becoming physically and mentally exhausted due to the lack of sleep that they get on a daily basis. Some adults claim that laziness is the cause for adolescents becoming increasingly tired during the day when in fact teens' sleep time have to do with the circadian rhythms that guide a person's sleep-wake cycle. Studies show that adolescents between the ages of 11-22 tend to have their internal biological clocks slowed down due to their time in puberty.
Teens need a total of 9 hours of sleep every night in order to become fully energized and keep their brains active and to their full potential. Children, on the other hand, need 10 hours while adults only need to rest around 8 hours.
Students hardly have to time sleep due to such things as:
According to Stanford University, most teens are chronically sleep deprived and try to make up for lost sleep time by sleeping in on the weekends. This is, however, not considered "good sleep hygiene". Parents may need to be responsible for adjusting their adolescents schedule to allow the most time for sleep.
Sleep deprivation effects and/or damages teens':
There are ways to help teens to get more sleep such as talking to their school to see if they can change the start times. Or for the more personal ways such as avoiding caffeine and nicotine especially in the afternoons and evenings. Avoid heavy studying, video games, arguing, TV's and bright lights just before retiring to bed. Teens should also take note that opening blinds or turning on lights in the morning as their alarms go off will not help with getting a fresh awakening for the day. As for weekends, adolescents should be able to sleep in, but no more than 2 or 3 hours or else it will disrupt their body clock.
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