David Pennsylvania

Sleep Deprivation - an Immense Problem!

Sleep deprivation is affecting the education of students around the world. Read more to see how the future president could change this!

October 11, 2016

Dear Future President,

I am writing this letter to you because I think that students (especially teenagers) should be able to get more sleep. Sleep deprivation is a big problem for many teenagers that can be solved easily by shortening the time of school days or making them start later. Sleep deprivation can be defined as the condition of lacking sleep.

Did you know that only 15 percent of teenagers get the required amount of sleep for their age? I think that that is not okay because the recommended amount of sleep is only 8 hours minimum! Even little children get more sleep than teenagers, and many resources say that children need even less sleep than teenagers! Other studies from the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement show that students who got only one extra hour of sleep performed better both mentally and physically. For example, they concentrated in school and got better grades, did not have any depression, did not get in any car crashes and were physically in shape! Also, if you get more sleep, you can avoid pimples, acne and other skin problems. I definitely do not want any of that! Less sleep also leads to bad behavior, like yelling or becoming aggravated. I cannot disagree with that, because sometimes even I get annoyed easily when I do not get enough sleep! Sleep deprivation can even lead to using alcohol or other drugs, which in my opinion is extremely bad because over 46,000 people die from drugs each year. I think that if students get more sleep, than they will have a chance at a better future. Education is extremely important in anyone's life, and sometimes you cannot learn as well if you do not get enough sleep. As mentioned before, getting only one more hour of sleep can lead to great results!

I think that as a future President, you should contact schools and convince them to make the school day start later, therefor giving students more sleep. I think that many students of every age around the world will be happy with this decision and I will be too.