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Importance of Sleep in Teens

Even if you don’t think so, teens do really need more sleep to thrive every day.
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Teens getting sleep is so important to how they function every day. Being able to get that good amount of sleep and have a routine is crucial for many teens.

Sleep is one of the most important aspects of our well-being, especially for teenagers. Adolescence is a period of rapid growth and development, both physically and mentally. However, many teens will struggle to get the right amount of sleep due to various factors, such as social activities, academic pressure, and electronic devices at night.

Based on research, it shows that the average teenager tends to get less sleep than what is recommended for their age group. Studies have suggested that most teens only manage to get around 6.5 to 7 hours of sleep per night. This falls short of the 8–10 hours of sleep per night that is recommended for teens. This can have significant effects and consequences for their physical and mental health. Experts in sleep have recommended that teenagers between the ages of 14 and 17 aim for 8–10 hours of sleep each night. During this critical stage of development, teens will require more sleep than adults to support their growth, cognitive function, and emotional well-being.

By making sleep and establishing healthy sleep habits a priority, teens can enhance their overall quality of life. When teens get the wrong amount of sleep, it could have a big impact on various aspects of their lives. First, it can negatively affect their academic performance in the classroom. Lack of sleep messes with teens’ concentration, memory, and cognitive abilities, which makes it more difficult for teens to focus and retain information in the classroom.

Sleep deprivation can lead to mood swings in teens. Teenagers who usually lack sleep have a higher risk of experiencing anxiety and depression. Additionally, sleep plays a very crucial role in regulating hormones, and a lack of sleep can disrupt the hormone balance, potentially contributing to weight gain and an increased risk of developing conditions such as diabetes and obesity. Lastly, a lack of sleep can compromise a teenager’s physical health. When teens don’t get enough sleep each night, it weakens the immune system, making them more vulnerable to illnesses. It can also affect their physical growth and development, as the body repairs and rejuvenates during sleep. Sleep is a very critical component of a healthy lifestyle, and teenagers should make it a priority to get the right amount of rest to support their growth and well-being.

While the average amount of sleep teens usually get falls short of the recommended amount, it is essential for teens to understand the importance of sleep and make an effort to establish and practice healthy sleep habits. If teens ensure they get the recommended 8–10 hours of sleep per night, they can experience improved academic performance in the classroom, physical health, emotional well-being, and the overall quality of life.

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Reno DiGesualdo, Staff Writer
Reno is a sophomore at Frederick High School who is excited to join the journalism staff. He is apart of the Frederick Varsity Football team and enjoys other sports to like track and wrestling. He likes to listen to music ranging from country to rap.

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