Snooze or lose, sleep shortage hurts teens

Lexi Newell, staff writer

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If you know teenagers, you know they love to sleep. Unfortunately, teenagers aren’t getting the hours of sleep they should be to be successful in school, their jobs or sports.

According to the Sleep Foundation, teens need about 9-10 hours of sleep to function properly for their activities the next day. Most teens do not get enough sleep, mostly due to social media, television, homework and sporting activities. Only about 15 percent of teenagers get 8 a half hours of sleep each night.

“Who doesn’t like to sleep, I love to sleep? Even though I love sleep, my friends via text and social media distracts me from sleeping, but also games and TV shows keep me up late,” sophomore Brian Lyke said. “This being said, I get around seven hours of sleep on average.”

During sleep, important body function and brain activity occur, more so than when you are awake. A brain that is deprived of sleep will get it. Students have experienced this, as the teacher’s voice is just a dull drone and your eyes are heavy and you just can’t seem to resist it.

“Yes, I do sleep, but I procrastinate really bad, so the things that could’ve been done hours ago are now being crammed in at 10 o’ clock. So usually I get around six to seven hours of sleep,” freshman Austin Witt said.

During the beginning of your adult years, your biological sleep patterns will shift towards later times, for both sleeping and waking. So naturally teenagers will stay up later therefore it’s hard for them to get up.

“Yeah I sleep? But I probably get about six to seven hours a night but something that keeps me from sleeping is dreams. Like scary dreams,” freshman Kaleigh Sauer said. “Something that distracts me majorly is if I end Gossip Girl on a bad note. Cause I watch Gossip Girl every night before I go to bed.”

Sleeping conditions can also prevent teens from sleep. They are very hard to deal with and can affect a teenagers school work and extracurricular activities.

“Well of course I sleep, but I have insomnia so it’s hard to sleep. I’ll usually get about four hours each night if I’m lucky,” junior Lance Slavens said.

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Snooze or lose, sleep shortage hurts teens