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Stress by Lack of Sleep

Amber Wahab, Staff Writer

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As a Keller High School student I understand how easy it can be to get lost among all homework, extracurricular activities, and socializing that comes with being a high schooler. But nothing should be coming between me and the amount of sleep I’m required to get during my adolescent years. I understand how easily we can prioritize other matters over sleep while forgetting how crucial our sleep is to our own mental health. As high school students I think we can all agree that we already have enough stress as it is, but did you know that sleep and mood are very closely connected? According to studies proved by Harvard University “poor or inadequate sleep can cause irritability and stress, while healthy sleep can enhance well-being. Chronic insomnia may increase the risk of developing a mood disorder, such as anxiety or depression.” So by staying up late and trying to cram for your test tomorrow you’re not helping anyone, in fact it’s just causing you more stress. With that being said it’s not entirely the students fault, I understand that sometimes teachers don’t realize that you have 7 other classes to worry about. Regardless, the more you prioritize sleep in your daily life it’s proven that your mind will we able to process more quickly which means you’ll be able to learn more easily during the school day. Getting 7-8 hours of sleep is what’s required for adolescents, it’s like charging you brain at night similar to how you would charge your phone.

http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/need-sleep/whats-in-it-for-you/mood

 

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