• Dr. Herpy

Dangers of Sleep Deprivation

Evidence shows that most high schoolers get around 7 hours of sleep, when the average amount a high schooler needs is right over 9 hours of sleep. How much harm is there when you lose out on only a couple of hours? It could be more then what you think.

One of the biggest effects of sleep loss is not being able to think as efficiently and concentrate on tasks. Your problem solving skills go down when you do not get a full night’s worth of sleep. Not only does it change how you solve problems, but it weakens your ability to form memories.

Sleep deprivation doesn’t only affect your brain from functioning at its prime; it also affects just about all other aspects of your health. Losing out on sleep can weaken your immunity, which will lead to being sick more often and for longer. Your mood is susceptible to change with the less sleep you get. With less sleep comes the risk of becoming quick-tempered and emotional. It also increases the risk of developing anxiety or depression.

Losing out on sleep constantly increase the risks for many long term affects. These include an increased risk of diabetes, from how the lack of sleep affects the release of insulin in your body, and high blood pressure.

During sleep, the body restores itself and balances itself chemically. While always getting a good night’s sleep might be unavoidable, always try your best to give your body the time it needs to rest.

“I wake up and I go *deep guttural sound*,” said Brock Dicillo who sleeps around 6 hours a night.

“I feel really good and energetic,” said Gabbie Powell who sleeps around 8 hours a night.