Late to Bed, Early to Rise Makes You Not So Wise

Nicole Seemann, Proofreader

It’s bright and early in the morning; the sun is shining, the birds are chirping and everything is rising for the day. Well, that is except for the teenagers grumbling incoherently at their alarm clocks.

Adolescents face the dilemma of waking up for school to start a long day after a previously short night of rest. Sleep, such a relaxing concept, is being ignored by the younger generation.

The human brain needs a certain amount of sleep in order to function at its full capacity.  Contrary to what teenagers might believe, they need more rest than they did when they were young. This is due to the fact that their brains are developing exponentially from a child to an adult.  In this stage, the required amount of sleep ranges from nine to nine and a half hours, an amount rarely met by most.

Freshman Donovin Ray said he only gets “six hours of sleep, sometimes seven.” Only 20 percent of all adolescents get nine hours of sleep in their daily schedule, and 45 percent get less than eight according to Consumer Affairs. “I get five hours of sleep. I usually stay up [until] 12:00 a.m. watching youtube,” said sophomore Brooklyn Rabine.

Even when one is in a state of unconsciousness, the brain is busy at work. “While you’re sleeping, your brain is preparing for the next day. It’s forming new pathways to help you learn and remember information,” according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

After several nights with the loss of only one to two hours of sleep, the brain will function as if it hasn’t slept in a complete day. Routinely getting poor amounts of sleep puts teenagers at risk of shortening their life expectancy and acquiring medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

It’s important that students get the rest that they need. After all, it does play a vital role in their education and well-being.