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Teenagers grow more and more busy by the minute Unfortunately this means less and less sleep Sleep deprivation can cause many serious negative side effects to teenagers already harried lives These side effects can range from such common problems as sleepiness during the day to more serious problems such as headaches to the most extreme effect of alldeath Misdiagnosed or undiagnosed sleep deprivation is one of the hardest disorders to detect Truthfully the only way to correct it is by always getting sufficient sleep but the environment in which an adolescent exists often makes to quest for sufficient sleep impossibleSufficient sleep is defined as the amount necessary to permit optimal daytime functioning Dahl 1 Some studies suggest adolescents need at least eight hours of consecutive sleep but many indicate that 92 hours of sleep is truly needed But the average teenager only sleeps about six hours on any given school night And students at private schools generally sleep even less Some students in upper level courses who are also involved in many extracurricular activities sleep as little as two hours a night many times during the week if at all Sinnott Private school students are preparing for the college world but not even college demands only two hours of sleep per night Sleep deprivation has many impacts on a teenagers life These impacts are generally described in four categories sleepiness tiredness negative effects on mood attention and behavior and exaggerated impact on problems both emotionally and behaviorally These categories are only the first layer of an extremely complex disorder a disorder in which it is difficult to identify actions reactions and causes The first category sleepiness is often attributed with brief mental lapses in which a student in school appears to be awake but actually is mentally asleep also know as daydreaming Sleepiness can actually progress to the next step where the student may actually physically fall sleep These microsleeps Freyer 2 not only decrease
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