My topic for health buzz was lack of sleep. I chose this because my eldest brother has always had a hard time with sleep. When he can’t sleep he complains, and I would always get annoyed when he did so. I did not realize how hard of a time he was having until I researched it myself during this project. I found the topic interesting which lead to me studying it for health buzz. I’m thankful that I now understand what he is going through and try to help him whenever I can. Knowing that I was trying to help someone motivated me to study the topic in more depth. I am extremely satisfied with my topic of choice and I did indeed find ways to lend a helping hand to my brother. While researching I found that especially teenagers, lose a lot of sleep mostly on school days. This is often caused by an heavy workload and busy social lives. Sadly my brother has fallen victim to both causes which has lead to sleep issues. Lack of sleep can cause many things both immediately and in the long run. When you first feel the effects of lack of sleep, you will most likely feel stressed, dazed, moody and clumsy (More symptoms are shown in the picture above). Although most people muscle through these symptoms, when the effects of long term lack of sleep hit, they are quite unbearable. Overall, lack of sleep could cause you to get sick more often and in more severe ways. A seemingly common cold, could seem like the flu combined with all the immediate effects. This is called weakening the immune system. When the immune system weakens, your body loses its ability to fight off diseases which leads to getting very sick. Another long term effect that affects us adolescents the most is not growing. Our bodies grow when we rest or sleep and if we don’t get enough, we don’t grow very much. Our current ages are the prime time for growing, and if we do not grow to our full height in this time, we won’t grow much taller for the rest of our lives. Other effects of lack of sleep and sleep disorders are depression, fast aging skin and forgetfulness.
What I learned while researching this issue is that we can’t just consider sleep a pastime. Sleep is necessary to our survival and not just way to make the night pass faster. Lack of sleep is a pressing issue being denied by one teen to many. Most people don’t know this but too little sleep can put you at risk for: heart diseases, heart failure, heart attacks, stroke and more. I think more people should be aware of this and it should be considered an important topic. My opinion on this topic has been molded since I was in first grade. I have always been told to get 10-12 hours of sleep. When I didn’t get that I would be forced to go back to sleep or take a nap later that day. In recent years, I occasionally have nights with so much work that I stayed up too late and felt awful the next day. It really is a horrible feeling and I don’t know that I would have been able to take it with more than two days straight. My thinking on this issue has changed because I now know that it really is a struggle to have to cope with all side effects and still attend school. People with disorders such as insomnia like my grandmother are people you should be thankful you aren’t because not being able to sleep is very frightening. I now know that being healthy is not just about diseases but also disorders such as insomnia.