The National Sleep Foundation recommends 8.5 to 9.25 hours of sleep a night for people ages 10 to 17. Now, how many of us teenagers really do that? Between school, homework, work, sports, and a social life, most don’t hit the sheets until 11pm or later.
This is more true for high school students than younger children. It has been proven that two-thirds of high-schoolers get less than 8 hours of sleep a night. Now of course, expectantly, those people are going to be cranky in the morning and get going at a slower rate. But how is it affecting the rest of their day, and their actions?
A CDC study has shown that those students who get less than the needed amount of sleep are more likely to take higher risks pertaining to just about anything, as if peer pressure wasn’t enough. Some of those bad behavioral actions include drinking alcohol, smoking weed/cigarettes, having sex, and being violent towards others or even themselves. Prolonged lack of sleep can actually decrease a teens’ ability to comprehend the consequences of such behaviors. This means, their susceptibility will be on rise – which is never really viewed of as a good thing. A Youth Risk Behavior Survey had been conducted in 2007 surveying over 12,000 high school students. To no surprise, almost 70% had answered saying they get less than 8 hours of sleep a night. About that same number had confessed in being involved with drugs, alcohol, violent acts, and sex.