Students are Sleep Deprived

School=Stress

The statement school is stressful is obvious. But I think high school has become a survival of the fittest battle. Who are the kids that can live off of three hours of sleep and still get good grades. That struggle to strive makes teens work day and night to achieve what they can. Little do they know the toll it takes on their bodies.

This diagram shows the physical effects of sleep deprivation on young people. Lack of sleep not only causes students to constantly stress out but the stressing out does not make their grades increase instead, they decrease.

A good counter argument to this point is that teachers have to give the work to keep students engaged and learning. But actually, students don’t learn this way. They just freak out and rush on their assignments so they can turn them in and then they don’t process any of the information since they sleep regularly at 2 a.m. and wake up at 6 a.m. Teens need 8 to 10 hours people! They shouldn’t be trying to write a lab report on the electron configuration of carbon!

Many adults say, ” Well you’re on your phone all day that’s why you don’t get your work done.”

Correction, we are at school for six to seven hours a day. Then if you’re in a sport that’s another three hours. Homework load and studying takes up a lot of time. To be a great student you have to study and there just isn’t time for it sometimes. A teen’s mental clock shuts off at 10 or 11 p.m. Asking a student to concentrate until they can finish which is around 1 or 2 a.m. is impossible. It’s like asking a sheep to drive a car. Their brains just can’t function that way. A teenager needs their rest so,  think twice before calling them lazy when they wake up at noon on a Saturday. They’re doing their best.

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