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Shut Your Eyes to Change Your Life

Precious Slade

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Out of 24 hours of the day adolescents need exactly 9 1/4 hours of sleep as shown by studies. Research also shows the average amount of sleep teenagers get is 7 hours. However, talking to many peers at Greenbrier High School, because of various elements students are lucky to receive even 6 hours of sleep. Sleep cannot be overlooked because of the serious results effecting the mind, body, facial appearance, and body systems.

Sophomore Selina Seard said, “I go to sleep at 2am every night. I usually start to get really sleepy after 5pm. I wake up at 7am and I feel fine. I honestly don’t think I’m doing anything dangerous.”  Selina describes herself as a healthy 16 year old girl. According to studies, however, continuing her lack of sleep habit can lead to accidents, slow cognitive process, heart attacks, heart diseases, heart failure, irregular heart beat, high blood pressure, strokes, diabetes, depression, rapid age increase in the skin, memory deficiency, weight gain, insomnia, and an unhealthy immune system.

After hearing symptoms caused by a lack of sleep, Junior Chase Wilcox says, “Wow! I fall asleep anywhere between 2am and 5am. I’ll stay up playing video games, watching tv, or talking to my friends or staying out late. I am very sleepy all the time, but I make really good grades. I never thought about changing my  sleeping schedule because I only thought less sleep meant you’ll just be more  tired and have less energy.” Teenagers like Chase already are experiencing impaired judgement and lack of cognitive process because being tired during the day makes it hard to focus.

Sleep deprivation only hurts human bodies. Studies show no positive effect of staying up late, so why do so many teens burn the midnight oil?

Comment below the hours of sleep you receive each night or with what keeps you up at night.

 

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