by Selina Quintero

Sleep is like food for the brain, we need it to survive. Skipping sleep can be harmful and even cause death. You can look bad, you may feel moody, and you perform poorly throughout the day. Sleeping is so important that if you don’t it will limit your ability to learn, listen, concentrate and solve problems. As stated by Mayo Clinic, you may even forget important information like names, numbers, or a special date.

According to a study, the Journal of Adolescent Health, lacking sleep can make you more prone to pimples, and can contribute to acne and other skin problems. It can also cause you to eat too much or eat unhealthy foods like sweets and fried foods that lead to weight gain. The authors found that 10 percent of adolescents sleep only five hours and 23 percent sleep only six hours on an average school night. Kayla Gomez, junior at SGHS states, “I usually sleep for 8 hours on a school night, I think students need to sleep 6 to 8 hours every day”, while Jesus Delgado, junior at SGHS states, “On a school night, I usually sleep about 7 hours, but I believe we should sleep for about 8 hours.”

Although it is hard to get back on track, it is not impossible. One way to do so is to make it your priority. Make a sleeping schedule and plan out from what time to what time you are planning to sleep and stick to it! According to sleep scientist, the University of California, Riverside’s Sara Mednick — author of Take a Nap! Change your Life, naps can help pick you up and make you work more efficiently, if you plan them right. Be careful though, naps that are too long or too close to bedtime can interfere with your regular sleep. Mednick also states how a good power nap are usually from 10- 20 minutes long so try to stick in that range. Finally, try not to consume anything that you know will affect you such as caffeine, vitamin drinks, and energy drinks. Everyone’s body type is different and it is important to take care of yourself in the correct way.