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Sleep is an important factor in a student’s learning. It is shown that 87% of students in the United States do not get enough sleep. Here is how the amount of sleep a student can get affects a student’s daily school performance.

Studies show that a lack of sleep can cause students to not concentrate and feel drowsy. Without the proper amount of sleep, it is difficult to stay fully awake after only resting for a short period of time.

Lacking sleep can also affect a student’s grades. If a student is not fully concentrated and awake for class, it is very likely that they could flunk their classes as well. Sleep is important because it is rest that students need for that type of thing.

“When I used to stay up late I noticed my grades were not as good as they usually were,” says sophomore Emma Welker.

Without a lot of sleep, it could also affect a student’s mental health. Those that do not have good sleep schedules are likely to get anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and depression. If those instances occur, it is good to see a counselor whether it is at school or outside of school.

“When I don’t get sleep I am tired all day and I am not as happy or awake like normal,” says freshman Kio Crislip.

Not a lot of sleep can also influence a teenager’s decision making. Research shows that students that lack sleep are likely to go in a car without wearing a seatbelt, driving drunk, smoking, riding a bike without a helmet, and are likely to fight someone.

With only a little bit of sleep, it is possible to be in situations where the consequence of not getting sleep is death. If a student drives after not getting sleep, they may feel drowsy and dizzy, causing them to get in an accident.

For teenage students eight to ten hours of sleep is recommended. With the common lack of sleep, it can jeopardize a student’s health and safety.