By: Christine Arsenault
Sleep deprivation affects people of all ages across the globe. It can be caused by a number of things including every day activities such as school and jobs.
Sleep disorders such as Periodic Limb Movement Disorder, Problem Sleepiness, Hypersomnia, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (breathing temporarily stops causing multiply awakenings), Narcolepsy (extreme sleepiness or falling asleep during the day), and Insomnia can seriously affect a person’s day. Other conditions known to deprive people of sleep are sleep walking, snoring and nightmares.
Senior Erynne Arvisais said, “I get six-seven hours of sleep a night. I wake up during the night because I am restless… I feel if I got more sleep it would help my grades and my attitude because I would be more focused and rested.”
Senior Sam Dart said, “I go to bed at 11 and wake up at 5:30 a.m., so I get six and a half hours of sleep.”
“Sleep is important. Studies show high school students should get eight hours of sleep every night, at least,” said AHS nurse Ms. Lisa Wood, adding, “A minimum of 40 students a week come in complaining they’re tired.”
“I never go to bed before 10 p.m. because I have work and I try to get homework done. I feel if school started later or there wasn’t as much homework then my grades would definitely go up,” said senior Tom Cox.
“I feel homework, jobs and mainly distractions are the main reasons students aren’t able to go to sleep earlier,” said Medical Assisting teacher Mrs. Joyce Campellone.
Sleep deprivation can affect a person’s mood, causing irritability, lack of motivation, anxiety, and symptoms of depression. A person’s performance is affected because of a lack of concentration; they’re more distracted, fatigued, forgetful, more prone to errors, and decisions are poor.
“Without enough sleep, students aren’t as alert. They cannot concentrate as much because they owe themselves too much sleep,” said AHS psychology/history teacher Mr. Patrick Callahan.
More importantly, when a person is lacking sleep, it’s harmful to their health. Lack of sleep has been associated with an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart attacks, obesity, and diabetes. Obtaining enough sleep at night is very important to every aspect of a person’s life. It can help increase a person’s focus, attitude and their overall health.