Teen Sleep

Teen sleep lose is affecting students' academic performances

Causes of Sleep Loss

Their are many factors that keep teens from getting a good nights sleep. This includes things such as:

  • Busy schedules
  • School work
  • Stress
  • Using technology before bed
  • Over napping

Importance of Sleep

Lack of sleep can have a negative effect on behaviour, emotions, attention, social relationships and school performance. Sleep is important for:

  • Helps develop good health
  • Fights off illnesses
  • Strengthens immune systems
  • Collects and forms memories
  • Improves energy levels, learning, and concentration

The Affects on School Performance

Source from University Health Center

According to a health survey administered at UGA every two years, 1 out of 4 students indicate that lack of sleep has impacted their academic performance in a negative way. They have made lower grades, missed a paper or project deadline, or had to withdraw from class. Some students rely on staying up most of the night to study, but pulling an all-nighter and cramming at the last minute can actually be counterproductive. The very qualities you need to maximize in order to do well on tests, such as recall, concentration, and alertness, are decreased when you are sleep deprived. Research has shown that students who get 6 or fewer hours of sleep have a lower GPA than those who get 8 or more.

Ways to Improve Sleep

According to healthy sleep.org

Here are some ways teens can work on in order to get better nights rest:

  • Time management
  • Pre-sleep routine
  • Take short naps
  • Avoid to much caffeine
  • Don't use technology right before bed
  • Improve sleep environment


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