Why get enough sleep?

By Michael Stevens
That we are not much sicker and much madder is due exclusively
to that most blessed and blessing of all natural graces, sleep.
– Aldous Huxley
By Michael Stevens

That we are not much sicker and much madder is due exclusively to that most blessed and blessing of all natural graces, sleep.

– Aldous Huxley

Most teens know that they are supposed to get at least eight to nine hours of sleep a night, but with the demands of homework, after-school jobs and extracurricular activities, many are sleeping much less. Adequate sleep is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle, but if a doctor’s recommendation is not enough to convince you to go to bed earlier, consider the following serious consequences of sleep deprivation:

• Lack of sleep negatively affects academic and athletic performance.

• Lack of sleep is linked to poor mental health and can cause depression and mood swings.

• Sleep deprivation weakens teens’ immune system, making them more susceptible to colds, flu and other viruses.

• Lack of sleep is dangerous – drivers ages 25 and under cause more than one-half of the 100,000 sleep-related accidents each year.

So, when you consider each day, think quality over quantity. You don’t actually have 24 hours in a day. Eight hours should be spent getting your zzz’s, so that during the remaining 16, you can physically and emotionally function to your fullest potential. With proper sleep, your “sweet dreams” are more likely to come true.

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