Sleep Deprivation on Teenagers 

The Importance of Sleep

The importance of obtaining the right amount of sleep has been strongly advised yet many people still do not take advantage of the benefits of rest.  According to the American Physiological Association (2010), “Sleep is essential for a person’s health and wellbeing.” This means that sleep is indeed needed for physical and mental purposes. The six reasons why people should get sleep are that it helps with learning and memory, metabolism and weight, safety, mood, cardiovascular health, and disease (Harvard Health Publications, 2010). This information shows that sleep not only affect one’s concentration but other factors as well. Everyone experiences occasional sleep problems, but getting a good night’s sleep is essential for feeling refreshed and alert during the day (S. Barston, G. Kemp, R. Segal, 2008). Sleep is important no matter what kinds of sleep problems a person has. People might understand the importance of sleep “…yet millions of people do not get enough sleep and may suffer from lack of sleep” (APA, 2010).  
A sufficient amount of sleep is especially essential as it promotes growth in the puberty stage for teenagers. Deep sleep in young adults has a relation to an important growth hormone in the body. According to the Patient Education Institute (2008), regeneration in body cells occurs during deep sleep as they grow and repair damage caused by stress and ultraviolet rays. This is why deep sleep is strongly advised for teenagers. When one understands sleep and the significance of a good night’s rest, one can start comprehending sleep deprivation and recognizing the reasons to why a teenager lacks in sleep.

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