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Sleep Deprivation and its Devastating Effects


I know it's only the beginning of October and we’ve been in school for around two months now but I believe many of us are already feeling the same way, utterly exhausted. We’re all thinking the same thing, when will this torture end? I also know that many of us are already stressed and staying up late to finish homework. Many are not just staying up late to finish homework, but also to study for tests. If you're anything like me, you go to bed after finishing homework then wake up extra early to study for tests.


The thing is we could be doing more damage by staying up late and/or waking up early to study and finish homework. I believe we all know the amount of sleep we need is eight hours and I also think we all know that we need those eight hours to function properly. Getting less than seven hours of sleep regularly does some horrible things to our bodies, things I don’t think any of us thought were possible.


Sleep deprivation on a regular basis could lead to high blood pressure. For those who don’t know, high blood pressure can damage your arteries making them less elastic which could lead to heart disease.


Sleep deprivation could also lead to diabetes. This is very surprising to many because it makes people wonder how sleep could be connected to our blood sugar levels. Well sleep deprivation, even for just a night, could increase our bodies insulin resistance which in turn raises our blood sugar levels.


I understand I’m throwing a lot of medical talk at you but we need to understand what happens to our bodies without proper sleep. We need to understand the damage we are doing to our bodies when we don’t get the proper amount of sleep, even for just one night.


62 comments

62 Comments


Viviana Moreno
Viviana Moreno
Aug 26, 2022

As someone who constantly stays up late to complete homework and study for upcoming tests, it's concerning to hear the harmful effects that come along with sleep deprivation. I was aware that lack of sleep was damaging for one's health but didn't know the exact health complications or how it affected my body. It's very upsetting to hear that I could be at risk for heart disease in the future due not getting sufficient hours of sleep to do schoolwork. Not only is it harmful for one's body but it makes it difficult to properly function during school hours. Reading this article has motivated me to fix my sleep schedule and try to get at least eight hours of sleep.

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Valeria Rubio
Valeria Rubio
Aug 25, 2022

I like the awareness that this article brings. I myself, had no idea that sleep deprivation could lead to diabetes. Diabetes runs through my family's genes and this article made me think back and realize how little sleep I really get. I am consistently getting 6 hours of sleep every school night. There should be a change, although the majority of my schedule is out of my control, I can make a bigger effort in managing my time so I can fit in all my day's needs before 10 pm.

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Sonia Rico-Pineda
Sonia Rico-Pineda
Oct 06, 2021

I agree with this article and is totally right as a high schooler I'm getting less than 8-7 hours of sleep due to having to finish homework and studying for quizzes and test's. I think more people should read this to be more aware of what less sleep can actually do to your body because it really is more harmful than you may think. Sleep deprivation can also cause mental health issues.

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Valeria Contreras
Valeria Contreras
Oct 06, 2021

I think this article is completely right ! Our sleep schedules should be our 1 priority because without it not only can we get sick but we end up falling asleep in classes etc which is not the greatest .

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Bianca Chavez
Bianca Chavez
Oct 05, 2021

I completely agree with you because sleep is very important in our daily lives. This is also why this year I wanted to put myself first because my sleeping schedule in the past when it came to school wasn't the best and it affected me a lot. So thank you for sharing this!

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