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Importance Of Sleep

adolescents and High school students 

adolescents and High school students 

One of the most underrated and essential functions that most adolescents and teens take for granted is sleep. Sleep is an essential function that allows our mind and body to wake up feeling refreshed and alert. According to, adolescents between the ages of 13 and 18 need eight to 10 hours of sleep each night. However, roughly 73% of teens in the U.S. fall short of this recommended criteria. Without sleep, our mind and body cannot function properly; impairing our abilities to concentrate, think clearly, and process memories. In-addition to frequent mood changes, anger, confusion, fatigue, depression and even anxiety.  Frequent all-nighters and constant lack of sleep can have short and long-term effects on adolescent and high school students. 
Short-term Effects

Short-term Effects

  • Drowsiness
  • Reduced alertness
  • Decreased concentration
  • Impaired judgment
  • Stress
  • Short-term memory problems
  • Irritability 
  • Decreased performance in extracurricular activities
  • Higher risk for accidents  
Long-Term Effects

Long-Term Effects

  • Increased risk of weight gain, obesity, and diabetes
  • Heart attack and stroke
  • Behavioral and attention deficits
  • Poor performance in school
  • Increase memory loss
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Decrease in immune function
  • Greater risk for injury in sports
  • Paranoia
How to avoid all-nighters 

How to avoid all-nighters 

As adolescents and teens progress through school, extracurricular activities will become more relevant in defining who they are. However, it is important to find a balance and avoid all-nighters.
Here are some tips: 
  • Avoid Caffeine --> coffee and energy drinks
  • Set short, easy to meet deadlines
  • Get adequate amount of sleep
  • Plan your daily coursework
  • Take regular breaks
  • Take naps
  • Exercise
  • Do not over do it
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