HEALTHToo Much Homework
It may seem bias for a student to say that we have too much homework, but it’s true. Not only do we have too much homework but we also have not enough sleep. Schools say to sleep early to get ready for school, but with all of the assignments we are receiving, it’s almost impossible to sleep early while still maintaining average grades.
Many parents force their kids to maintain good grades, which is understandable, parents only want the best for their children. But with an education system like this, it is nearly impossible to balance social life, academics, and health all at once.
According to nationwidechildrens.org, teenagers get around 7 hours of sleep on average, but studies show that teenagers actually need around 9.25 hours of sleep. The article lists, early high school start time and school obligations for reasons as to why teenagers do not get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation impacts mood, behavior, cognitive ability, and of course, academic performance.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims (CDC) “Children and adolescents who do not get enough sleep have a higher risk of obesity, diabetes, injuries, poor mental health, and problems with attention and behavior.” meaning that having too much homework doesn’t only affect adolescents' sleep schedule, but could also cause depression and poor attention span.
A national sample by the CDC proved that 72.7% of high school students do not get enough sleep on school nights. Many other sources agree with these statistics as well, including the University of Georgia. The University of Georgia claims that “With sleep deprivation, there is an increase in the hormone, ghrelin, which is associated with hunger for high calorie foods. There is a decrease in the hormone leptin which reduces appetite. This leads to weight gain in many people” this proves that sleep deprivation can cause weight gain which can lead to diabetes.
But what about mental health? As mentioned earlier, sleep deprivation can impact mental health. There is a long list of symptoms one may feel as a result of not sleeping enough, including, Insomnia, Fatigue, racing thoughts, shortness of breath, trouble enjoying activities with your relationships, difficulty listening to what your partner has to say, anger issues, quick to irritate, reduced quality of communication, among many other symptoms.
But not only does reduced sleep cause change in personality and risk for numerous types of diseases, but it can also heighten the risk for car crashes. Sleep deprivation in high school or university students can cause the, to “drowsy drive” which can be dangerous, especially in the middle of the morning. Studies show that teenagers are at the highest risk for sleeping at the wheel. This can cause teenagers and adults to get into large car accidents that can lead to their death.
According to the University of Georgia, you should go see a doctor when you:
- Have trouble getting to sleep or wake up frequently during the night for a period of several weeks
- Fall asleep at inappropriate times even after a night of adequate sleep
- Have nightmares or night terrors (the experience of awakening in a terrified state without recollection of a dream) that interrupt your sleep
- Have been told by someone that you stop breathing during sleep, especially if you have morning headaches or fall asleep easily during the day
All of these risks, personality changes and dangerous activities, just because a student got too much homework.