Are you getting enough sleep? Maybe that’s what you think, but statistics say otherwise. Statistics show that teens tend to stay up late on school days and sleep in late on weekdays. However, the needed amount of hours of sleep in order to properly function is eight to ten for the average fourteen to seventeen year old.
Sleeping in late on weekends does help to catch up on the missed hours of sleep, but it can begin to mess up your sleep-wake cycle.
A study found that only 15% of teens had reported to sleeping eight and a half hours on school nights, as told by the Sleep Foundation website.
The lack of sleep is called sleep deprivation; which causes poor grades and test scores. It also throws off your “biological clock” and eating schedule, causing you to eat and sleep more later that day.
Side effects of sleep deprivation:
- Fatigue, lethargy, and lack of motion
- Moodiness and irritability; increasing the risk of depression
- Impaired brain activity; learning, concentration, and memory loss
- Reducing problem-solving skills and creativity; difficulty with making decisions
- Inability to cope with stress; trouble managing emotions
- Premature skin aging
- Immune system begins to weaken, causing frequent colds and infections, along with weight gain.
- Motor skills become impaired, increasing the chance of accidents, hallucinations and delirium.
- Sleep deprivation can also lead to serious heath problems including stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and a series of other cancers.
So, how do I avoid this?
- Stick to a regular sleeping schedule.
- Exercise daily.
- Develop a bed time routine so you’ll stay relaxed and have everything together for the morning.
- Avoid screens and stressful situations before bed.
- Be smart about what you eat and drink, especially before bed! Drinking milk before bed causes weight gain.
- Be sure to rule out all the possible medical causes for your sleep problems.
- Seek some help for your stress and postpone your worrying for the morning by check/to-do lists.
- Improve your sleep environment.
Be the one to end this toxic cycle!