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Sleep Deprivation Will Kill Students

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Students at Chino High School are busier than ever. As they take up more and more responsibilities and prioritize their AP classes, band, sports, family and friends, they push back an essential necessity, sleep.

Band students and AP students especially seem to get fewer hours of sleep, due to the long hours required to spend on the heavy coursework. For example, one student taking multiple AP classes, Sheyla Silva, stated that her sleep deprivation, due to her heavy coursework, has caused her to ” have minor headaches and eyes to hurt.”

However, it is important for students to understand that not getting enough sleep is not only unhealthy for a person, it can be detrimental. As AP Psychology teacher Mr. Woods stated, “Years from now, we’re going to look at a lack of sleep the way we look at smoking cigarettes today.”

Lack of sleep has short-term and long-term consequences. In the short-term, sleep deprivation will leave students feeling irritable, diminish productivity, fatigue, decrease quality of concentration, and set off a sleep debt that takes up to two weeks to repay. In the long term, sleep deprivation can lead to obesity because it increases the hunger-inducing hormone, ghrelin and decreases the hunger-suppressing hormone, leptin. Sleep deprivation has also been linked to Alzheimer’s and increased risks of cancer and viral infections, according to the Myers Psychology textbook.

Getting enough sleep is especially important to students because their brains are still developing and they need the rest in order to have stronger concentration and better memory to succeed in those AP classes and extracurricular activities.

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