I chose lack of sleep because I often stay up late either doing stuff for school or for my personal things, for example Skyping with friends in different time zones (In my case Skyping with my friends from Panama). It affects me because I love having a lot of time to do anything I would like, but then I know that the next day I perform worse and can’t focus as well as when I sleep more. I also have difficulty sleeping at a regular time after I’ve stayed up late. I know that it’s unhealthy and it makes you think unclearly. I also already knew that we need about 8-10 hours of sleep at least. This connects to me, since on the weekend I stay up really late just to have a chance to chat with my friends. Then on school days I am tired and don’t perform very well. It also wears me out physically, for example after I sleep enough I feel like I have more energy and I feel like I am much happier than when I don’t have enough sleep. This is relevant to me, because as I have mentioned before I often don’t get sufficient amount of sleep. I think this is important because I can almost guarantee that we all have stayed up late at least once in our life, and I would love to know why everyone always says it’s so bad to our health. This affects teenagers because we have school to deal with as well as our own personal things that we deal with, like chatting with friends. We also have stress and stress and lack of sleep mashed together don’t have very healthy outcomes.
I learnt that multiple diseases such as obesity and type 2 diabetes can come from a lack of sleep! You also have similar symptoms to ADHD and you have memory loss. The most shocking thing I learned about lack of sleep if that it makes you more prone to accidents which can even cause death! My learning expanded because I now know that lack of sleep is not only very unhealthy for your body, since sleep allows it to heal, but it also can do serious damage to your body which could in some situations lead to early death. I think that more people should know about how dangerous it really is to be sleep deprived. Especially since it’s not so hard to avoid having to stay up to very late hours. Something unexpected was, as I mentioned before, early death since I never knew you could die simply from not sleeping enough. My thinking has changed because I used to think that lack of sleep would only make you feel tired and have bags underneath your eyes, but now I know lack of sleep has much more severe damages to the body. Some misunderstandings are that lack of sleep doesn’t do anything bad other than make you tired and have bags. Yet those are only some of the minor effects of not sleeping enough. Some problems are school work and wanting to talk with your friends on social media until late hours at night. Some solutions could be to try to avoid procrastination and to split your time in the day for chatting and for school work. This influences my thinking on wellness because our health is not only affected by obvious things like our diet and our physical activity but it is also affected by less obvious things like insufficient sleep, which can actually affect you more than you know.
Some of the diseases linked to lack of sleep include:
- Heart Disease
- Irregular Heartbeat
- High Blood Pressure
- Heart Attack
- Heart Failure
So, in conclusion, not sleeping enough not only is very bad for you in general but it also messes with you emotionally, mentally and physically.