The Importance Of Sleep


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Olivia Harris, Journalist

Today, people seem to have less time than ever before. Young people in particular lead very busy lives. When attempting to juggle education, social events, sports, and various other activities, sleep often gets put on a back burner. Many people feel that they just don’t have enough time to get the sleep that they need, and when life gets hectic, sleep is the first thing to go. This is a trend that could have a massive impact on general health and well-being.

The National Sleep Foundation recommends that teenagers sleep for eight to ten hours a night.

However, many teens are receiving far less than that. A study published in 2017 by The San Diego State University found that around 40% of adolescents in 2015 slept, on average, less than 7 hours a night. This is a significant problem because sleep deprivation can impact one’s performance in all aspects of life. It can lead to physical health risks, such as heart problems, or increased probability of a car crash. Sleep deprivation also affects one’s mental health.

According to a 2005 study, people with anxiety or depression were much more likely to sleep less than six hours a night than people without one of the illnesses. In addition, people with insomnia are five times more likely to develop depression than someone who does not suffer from the condition.

Not only can sleep deprivation endanger one’s physical and mental well-being, but it can also impact productivity and school performance. It can make it more difficult to learn, retain information, and think critically. This means that someone who is sleep-deprived will likely have to spend more time on school activities than someone who is not. Being compelled to spend more time on school leaves less time for sleep, and creates a downward spiral.

In order to prevent this spiral and protect your health, it is essential to make sleep a priority. The National Sleep Foundation recommends creating a routine to help your mind and body know when to sleep and when to wake up. This includes a specific sleeping and waking time, and avoiding caffeine late in the day.

Tom Rath stated, “Every hour of sleep is an investment in your future, not an expense.” Getting enough sleep is an amazing habit that can benefit you your entire life. If you make time for sleep, you will feel healthier, happier, and more productive.



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