High School Students are Sleep Deprived!

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Joshua J., Staff Writer

According to the Stanford Medicine News Center “Sleep deprivation increases the likelihood that teens will suffer myriad negative consequences, including an inability to concentrate, poor grades, drowsy-driving incidents, anxiety, depression, thoughts of suicide and even suicide attempts.” Teenagers in high school stay up late finishing homework and studying for tests. As a result, they are exhausted and have trouble focusing in school.

After teenagers finish a 7-hour school day, they have extracurricular activities. When they arrive home, they are swamped with homework and studying. Once they finish their work, they want to watch TV shows, talk with friends, and go on their phones and computers. Many teenagers have difficulty staying off their phones and resisting the urge to interact with friends late at night.

Research has found that the blue light that comes from computers and phones suppresses the production of the sleep hormone melatonin more than any other light. Blue light from phones and computers keeps teenagers awake late at night. This vicious cycle never ends for numerous teenagers. The combination of stress from school and lack of sleep has a detrimental effect on teenagers in the United States.