Youth need more sleep than adults to aid them in growth and
development. Yet, statistics show that youth are getting less sleep than they need. Sleep,
defined by the state of decreased motion, mental rest and
hormone changes, is necessary for growth, muscle development,
effective healing and a strong
immune system. It is also critical for the brain and mental
health, as lack of sleep can lead to frustration or even depression.
It can also trigger mania in those with
bipolar disorder. Perhaps most underappreciated is that, "Chronic
sleep loss may hasten the onset of several diseases," according Harvard researchers. Long-term health problems that
have been linked incude heart
chronic fatigue syndrome, impaired glucose tolerance and hypothyroidism;
more research is necessary to understand the mechanisms by
which these problems are related. The metabolic dysregulation
resultant of sleep loss may contribute to becoming overweight. Sleep apnea, a specific
sleep disorder sometimes related to snoring, can also cause
heart and brain damage due to lack of enough oxygen during
sleep. Lastly, many people are injured or even killed, especially
in car accidents,
due to lack of attention caused by sleep deprivation. Consistent
and reasonable amounts of sleep is important, and under-appreciated,
even by many doctors! About
60% of Americans report sleep problems, and 70
million have actual sleep disorders costing about 100 billion
dollars in accidents and lost productivity.
Sleep is critical for attentiveness
in the classroom and other situations. Sleep deprivation is
as ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), and
children are improperly treated with drugs, when all they
need is more sleep! Sleep is also necessary for the effective memory
formation, and youth that sleep well perform
better in school than those which don't sleep enough. Sleep
also helps athletes by aiding muscle repair and boosting
Lack of sleep causes mental confusion
and generally makes people feel crummy. Few people disagree
that consistent sleep (both sufficient amounts and a regular
time schedule) improves mood.
On the other hand, consistently too much sleep (i.e. sleeping
in all day, etc.) can be a sign of depression,
if simulateous with other symptoms.
Lack of sleep is a major reason
accidents and other accidents at home, work and school.
A good nights rest helps people to Be
Aware or their surroundings, and make good choices.
Youth who sleep well are less irritable
and less reactive, which is critical for fostering good friendships.
Being well rested also helps youth and adults have the energy
to engage in physical activity and enjoy other social outings.
Copyright: Prescription for Sleep
Coach K Drive to Fitness
Guide to Good Sleep
Steps to Good Sleep
Tips for Parents
to Get Consistent Sleep
Daytime Sleepiness Test
Rating, Part 2
Caffeine and Soda
School Start Times
Prevent Drowsy Driving
Disorders and Tips
of Sleep Disorders
Find a Sleep
SleepQuest (for Disorders)
Sleep is a critical part of life.
Early in life, it may seem like an annoyance, with life being
so full of things to do. But, later in life, with pressures
from school or work, the desire for sleep can be overwhelming,
because it is critical for your body. Some people think that
being able to go without sleep is a test of toughness. Certainly,
staying awake is a good test of will power, and spontaneous
activities late into the night are also also a fun part of
life. On average, however, those who get consistent and balanced
sleep (not too much, not too little, regular schedule) outperform
their peers physically and mentally, and also have a higher
quality, if not quantity, of wakeful hours.