Sleep Deprivation: How it Hurts the Student Body

By Maria Sawiris and Mahgul Mansoor

Given Brooklyn Tech’s intense workload and advanced classes, it is no surprise that many of its students complain about sleep deprivation. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 70% of high school students get an insufficient amount of sleep on school nights. [“>2]

In an attempt to stay awake, many students turn to caffeine.

Marnie Kotlyar ’15 said, “school makes me really tired and stressed, and really lazy. When I can’t think straight, coffee makes me feel more relaxed.” According to the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, excessive caffeine consumption may lead to insomnia, nervousness restlessness, irritability, an upset stomach, fast heartbeat, and muscle tremors. [“>4]

Studies have proven that later school start times significantly enhance student performance. According to an article by the National Sleep Foundation, recent experiments have proven that pushing back start times decreases the likelihood of depression, lateness, absenteeism, the risk of falling asleep while driving, and the risk of nutritional deficits and obesity. It’s also proved beneficial to improving grades. [

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