Science

Making Time to Sleep

By Olivia Fries-Farr ’19

Sleep for young, growing teens is more important than you realize.  Many of us are sleep deprived, and our daily schedules do not always include a full 8-10 hours of sleep every night.  Who has time to sleep?  

School and studying take up a lot of time.  Add in extracurricular activities and weekend classes and time seems to dwindle away into the wee hours of the night.  After a while of being on the hampster wheel of the daily teen grind, days blur into weeks, then months and all of a sudden it’s summer.  In the blink of an eye it’s Christmas again and then there’s no time to shop for PROM outfits.  Meanwhile, there are the nerves about SATs and then being a senior dealing with college. It would be great to remember your experiences.  Eyes open, it seems like a dream you never had because you never sleep.  

Yet, studies show that teens require much more sleep in order to have happy, healthy and rested lives. Sleep helps us to alleviate stress, improve cognitive function, and avoid the consequences of not sleeping enough.  Studying all night long and taking a test on no sleep can result in a bad grade.  We have all been there!  

Much in-depth information about the subject is available, so please take the time to review the links below about the need for more sleep. Some of the link topics to consider are time management, dealing with deprivation and consequences, and understanding how sleep or the lack of sleep affects the mind and body.

Time management, as well as the science of what sleep means to you, your mind and body, is not something to avoid.  Get the sleep you need!

To learn more, click on these links:

7 Time Management Strategies From Some Brilliant Teenage Prodigies

https://www.fastcompany.com/3027809/7-time-management-strategies-from-some-brilliant-teenage-prodigies

Teens and Sleep

https://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-topics/teens-and-sleep

The Science of Adolescent Sleep

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/22/well/family/the-science-of-adolescent-sleep.html

Sleep Deprivation in Teens and Young Adults

http://nahic.ucsf.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Sleep-Brief-FINAL.pdf

 

 

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