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Health side effects of lack of sleep

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Sophomore Sakayla Ruiz places her head down to take a mental break.

Sophomore Sakayla Ruiz places her head down to take a mental break.

Sophomore Sakayla Ruiz places her head down to take a mental break.

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As kids, some despised bedtimes.

However, going to bed at 8:30 PM for some teens sounds like a dream.

According to some teens with school work, extracurricular activities, and the maintenance of maintaining Snapchat streaks, going to bed at a decent hour is a bit farfetched.

A few hours of blissful sleep might be enough to carry you throughout your day, but is it enough for your body?

“During sleep at night, lots of good things happen to your brain. So it’s like recovery phase of all the things that you learn today and all the things you’re able to process. And if you’re not sleeping enough then they don’t really have a home to live,” Nurse Lilliana Richard said.   

According to the National Sleep Foundation, teens require around eight to ten hours of sleep per night and only 15 percent of teenagers reported to receive that much.   

“If I don’t sleep one night then I won’t be sleeping the next night either. It will take a huge toll on my health,” senior Tahir Khan said.

A common side effect of lack of sleep is yawning.

However, some might not be aware of the other side effects that come with little sleep.

“A lot of times people don’t realize they’re tired. They have headaches or stomach aches. When you don’t get enough sleep, your immune system is compromised. If you don’t get enough sleep to be able to boost up your immune system, then you easily get sick,” Nurse Richard said.

Lack of sleep not only affects bodily health but has emotional effects too.

“Emotionally, throughout the whole day, I’ll be tired and kinda just be in a bad mood,” senior Rishika Kolluri said.

So before staying up until the crack of dawn to finish the last episode of a binge-worthy series, consider two things: how will this affect me tomorrow and is it worth it?   

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