Sleep deprivation is a multifaceted issue common to the lives of many high school students that becomes particularly prevalent during the transition from summer to school. Kaiser Minhas, a psychology teacher at Neuqua Valley, spoke to the effects of this epidemic, stating that ¨lacking sleep and lacking deep sleep really has negative consequences to both physical health and intellectual capacity.¨
Ideally, a student should sleep for around nine hours a night, but this is simply not a reality. Minhas suggested that students should aim to sleep for a minimum of six hours a night. Consistency is key. Students may only sleep for six hours every night, but the consistency allows for their circadian rhythm, a 24 hour internal clock, to be set and a balance achieved in the body.
In regard to energy levels, the online bedtime calculator Sleepyti.me is another tool students can use to curb a lack of sleep. Essentially, it calculates the time a person should wake up in order to stop sleeping at the end of a sleep cycle rather than the middle of one, lessening the grogginess people may feel.
The factors that influence sleep deprivation among teenagers are multiple and diverse: distracting technology, overscheduling, homework and simple biology. There is not one solution but many, requiring a concentrated effort from both the students and their schools.