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Sleep From Our Point of View

July 15, 2020

Filed in: Health & Wellbeing

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This post was written by high school students from the Summer Research Boot Camp in the labs of Andrew Fuligni and Sandra Graham at UCLA, led by Jenna Felkey, Selam Mulugeta, and Ritika Rastogi.

Authors: Ekwueme William Chibuzo Udo, Bryan Ardon-Contreras, Addison Hudson, Bryan Salvador, & Andrew Wu

Sleep From Our Point of View

After learning about sleep, we realized that we all had our own struggles with sleep. Some of our habits included: exercising right before bed, using technology to go to sleep, having an irregular sleep schedule, and waking up during the night. We didn’t realize that we were harming ourselves without knowing.

During this research boot camp, we were introduced to the importance of sleep during adolescence. We learned that sleep is directly correlated with maintaining a healthy lifestyle both physically and mentally. For example, teenagers today face a lot of issues including depression and anxiety, which can be related to insufficient sleep. As a result, we want to advocate for better sleep education to teach teenagers about the importance of sleep. Adolescents need to be aware of signs that they may not be getting enough sleep and that it may be harming them, such as being forgetful, irritable, or stressed, or tired during the day. Sleep helps you stay awake, supports your physical and mental health, influences your behavior, and allows for an overall healthier lifestyle. We also want them to practice a routine in order for them to have a healthy sleep schedule.

As adolescents, we know that people our age are more likely to listen to each other. During this research boot camp, we learned a lot about sleep and we want to make sure that other adolescents get this information. It is important for faculty and staff at schools to have this information as well. If they understand the effects of excessive homework assigned, bullying, stress in schools, and early school start times on sleep, they can be more considerate of their students and work towards resolving these issues. Teachers need to know their students and the effects of their actions on each student. All in all, sleep is important to adolescents and everyone should take it seriously.

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