Sleep is one of the most crucial parts of being a healthy teenager. Retaining knowledge, repairing damaged tissues, and reducing stress (because you arrive at school on time!) are all benefits of sleep. Without sleep we would be much less productive and effective learners. For most teenagers, if you don’t sleep enough you can’t remember what you learned the previous day as well as you would if you had sufficient sleep. Not enough sleep can also cause behavioral problems similar to ADHD, increase the chances of getting Diabetes type 2, degrade motor skills, and increase the risk of obesity.
Besides the benefits of sleep there are also different stages and types of sleep.
Here is a quick summary of the 5 stages of sleep:
1)In Stage one your brain makes slow Theta waves which improve long term memory. It takes about 5-10 minutes. If you wake someone up during this stage they will most probably tell you they weren’t sleeping.
2)Stage 2 takes about 20 minutes. Your brain makes rapid brain waves called Sleep Spindles
3)Deep slow brain waves called Delta waves are made by your brain in Stage 3 which help long- term memory.
4)Delta waves happen again in Stage 4. It takes approximately 30 minutes. Bed wetting and sleep walking happen at the end of this stage.
5)Most dreaming occurs in Stage 5. REM (Rapid Eye Movement) occurs. This helps non-declarative memory (memory that you don’t try to remember).
There is also another type of dreaming called Lucid Dreaming. It is when you are aware that you are dreaming and you have greater chances of gaining a certain degree of control over your dream. They can be very realistic and vivid.
As you sleep these stages do not go in strict sequential order. Sleep begins in Stage 1 and progresses all the way until Stage 4. After Stage 4 sleep, Stages 2 and 3 are repeated before REM sleep begins. After REM sleep your body usually returns back to Stage 2 again. When you sleep this cycle is repeated about 4 or 5 times.
I think the best solution is to make sure that teens get the recommended amount of sleep: eight hours minimum. Parents of teens should organize a set time for school work and activities, and a time for them to be home and ready to sleep. On weekends, most teens should sleep in so that their body can catch up on some sleep that they missed on the weekdays. I think sleep is a necessity for all teens all over the world. Every teen’s parent’ should be checking on how much their child is sleeping because it does have a big impact on grades and activities. Sleep is way too important to miss because there are so many benefits that you can gain from it.
Previously, I thought that sleep wasn’t that important, and all I did in my sleep was dream. I thought the consequences of not getting enough of it was just being sleepy the rest of the day. But, now that I have looked further into the topic, I realize that there is more to sleep than I imagined. Now I know that sleep can determine the quality of my knowledge retention, the health of my body’s tissues, the level of my brains waves, and my physical abilities.