Why students need 8 hours of sleep

by Toby Groves

Maintaining a good sleep schedule is one of the most important things a student can do. Getting a good night’s sleep can affect many things in your life and it’s very noticeable when your body doesn’t get enough sleep. Here are some reasons why every student should get 7-8 hours of sleep each night.

With the busy lives of high school students, it can be hard to maintain a proper sleep schedule. However, failing to sustain this can negatively affect your health and how you interact with the world around you. Research shows that those who typically sleep under 7 hours each night have a higher chance of premature death than those who sleep a full 8 hours.

Sleeping well can affect your appetite. When a person is sleep deprived, their body requires more energy than usual due to their lack of sleep. This means that they need to find energy in different places, which includes eating more food. Not getting enough sleep can result in unhealthy eating habits. A study in 2014 showed that children with less sleep were more likely to become obese.

Getting enough sleep can also affect your immune system. When you sleep, your immune system releases compounds that have a protective effect on your immune system. Other components, such as white blood cells, can reduce when you don’t get enough sleep, which can result in sickness.

High school students tend to stay up late to work on homework assignments or study for tests, so as to not lower their grade. Often times, however, they fail to see the importance of getting enough sleep. What’s the point of studying for a test if you’re going to be too sick to make it to class?

High schoolers need to get enough sleep. With the busy lives they lead, it can be difficult to keep up with sleep, but it is crucial to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Sleep can affect your mood, your attention span, your thinking skills, and your appetite. It is important that students sleep well in order to succeed in their lives.

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