Is Lack of Sleep Becoming an epidemic?


Ellis Drobot, Student Health

The lack of sleep is not just an epidemic in adults, but even more so teens. The amount of homework and studying is more than many students can handle; many stay up until one in the morning or more just to achieve a good mark.

The fact that teens don’t get enough sleep is not just because they stay up studying though. They may have terrible sleep habits. Some of those actions may include: eating a big meal right before bed, preventing their body to completely rest, consuming caffeine or energy drinks before bed, or consuming nicotine in any way. All these factors prevent them from falling asleep quickly as well as downgrade the quality of sleep.

I canvassed peers and friends about their sleep habits. Many said that it was their phones along with social media that prevent them from going to bed. Others said playing online video games are the problem. There are so many issues that result in poor quality of sleep.

The National Institute of health suggests that young children get 10 hours of sleep, teens get 9-10, and adults get 7-8. From asking individuals at KSS, 30% said they get at least 9 hours, 40% said they get 7-8 hours, and 30% said that they get 6 hours of sleep or less. The issue of the lack of sleep is increasing and if we don’t begin to develop a good routine and make getting a good sleep a main priority, it will slowly make us weaker.

The moral of this story?  Getting a enough sleep is just good health sense.