The Effects of Sleep

Luis Hernandez (9th), Reporter

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Sleep is required for our everyday lives, it can help us at work or even at school, sleep can change the outcome of your day. Different ages require different amounts of sleep, the standard amount of sleep is between 7 to 9 hours of sleep. Children and teenagers usually need more sleep than a regular adult. The amount of sleep decreases when one gets older.

Connor Radecliff, a freshman here at Pitman High School, shared with us how many hours of sleep he gets, ̈I get 7 hours of sleep because I go to bed at a reasonable time.¨

Sleeping habits can consist of what you do before bed, for example, someone can exercise before they sleep so they are more tired and will fall asleep faster. Students tend to go to bed once they finish their homework so they have it ready for tomorrow’s class. Other students read a book when they are about to go to bed, others may stay up for a while and play with there friends online.

Want to know how to sleep faster? According to Healthline.com a method for falling asleep faster is lowering the temperature in your room, when you go to bed your core temperature decreases and the temperature in your hands and feet increase, setting the temperature 60-75 may help but it is suggested that you find a temperature that will suit you. 

The 2nd method is to avoid naps during the day, studies show that if you nap for more than 2 hours it is harder to fall asleep at night time.

 The 3rd method is to exercise regularly, exercise can make someone tired but if you overdo it can also affect your sleep. 

The 4th method is to disconnect electronics, it can, of course, be difficult in this day and age but using electronics before sleeping is terrible. The 5th is, of course, limiting caffeine you should consume caffeine at least 6 hours before bed.

 According to Healthfinder.gov, getting enough sleep has its health benefits such as getting less sick often, staying at a healthy weight, it lowers the risk of health problems such as diabetes and heart disease, sleep reduces stress and improves your mood, it also helps you think more clearly at school or perhaps work. 

When you are sleeping your body releases hormones to help repair cells and it also helps control the body’s energy. Sleep is very important because it also helps us retain our memories, for example when we learn something at school and when we sleep that night it helps us remember it. To much sleep on the other hand regularly can increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, too much sleep is when you are sleeping for 9 hours or more. If you don’t get enough sleep it is possible to die from sleep deprivation.

Sleep is very important for our bodies to function, if you don’t sleep you can’t function properly, sleep can determine if you have a good or a bad day. If you have bad sleeping habits you might need more sleep and to manage your bed schedule to have a good day.