Hannah – Sleep Deprivation

Girl asleep while class is occurring.

This image relates to my issue since it shows how the people around the girl are performing well in class, while the girl is sleeping probably due to the fact she didn’t have enough sleep the night before. This shows how sleep deprivation affects our performance in school.

I picked this issue because I, myself has also been experiencing lack of sleep and I was really curious on how it could affect our body. Some connections I have from sleep deprivation is that I also experience the symptoms of sleep deprivations such as yawning too much and loss of concentration. This expands my learning since doing during and after doing more research on this topic helped me know how it can actually cause deadly diseases and scared me since I have been sleeping very late during weekdays and waking up early. This issue is relevant to me since I feel like sleep an essential in our lives and depriving it to us could cause some negative effects to our body physically,emotionally and mentally. Sleep deprivation is important because not getting enough sleep or having sleep difficulties can limit your ability to learn, listen, concentrate and solve problems. You may even forget important information like names, numbers, your homework or a date with a special person in your life. This issue affects teenagers because Sleep is food for the brain. During sleep, important body functions and brain activity occur. Skipping sleep can be harmful — even deadly, particularly if you are behind the wheel. You can look bad, you may feel moody, and you perform poorly. Sleepiness can make it hard to get along with your family and friends and hurt your scores on school exams, on the court or on the field. Also remember that a brain that is hungry for sleep will get it, even when people don’t expect it. For example, drowsiness and falling asleep at the wheel cause more than 100,000 car crashes every year. When you do not get enough sleep, you are more likely to have an accident, injury and/or illness.Teens need about 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night to function best. Most teens do not get enough sleep — one study found that only 15% reported sleeping 8 1/2 hours on school nights.Teens tend to have irregular sleep patterns across the week — they typically stay up late and sleep in late on the weekends,which can affect their biological clocks and hurt the quality of their sleep.

I learned from this issue sleep is as important to the human body as food and water, but many of us don’t get enough sleep. Insufficient sleep, inadequate quality of sleep or disruptions to the sleep-wake cycle (such as those that occur with shift work or traveling to a different time zone) have consequences for how we function in the daytime, causing sleepiness and fatigue. I think that sleep deprivation is a really important health issue that every teen/child should know more about and that it could affect our performance in everyday life. My thinking was changed since it made me scared that if I continue my habit of sleeping late during school days, I could catch the diseases/illness it gives. This influences my thinking on wellness by acquiring and connecting to some of our topics in class, for example some of the diseases mentioned here are identical to some of the effects of smoking a cigarette.