by Kent Komine
As teenagers, we usually walk into school tired, sleepy, and unmotivated. Unfortunately, that is most often linked to the deprivation of sleep, caused by our teachers who give us too many things to do at home. Or maybe you’re involved in sports and extracurricular activities that are rigorous and time consuming. Nonetheless, we are in lack of sleep, and that’s not a good thing.
Sleeping, as many of you would have guessed, is an essential aspect of life. It’s very beneficial to your health, much like fruits and veggies are also beneficial to your body. But just how useful is sleeping? Should you be concerned if you don’t get enough sleep each night? The truth is, sleeping is absolutely necessary to maintain a healthy body, and a healthy lifestyle overall.
Scientific research has proven that people who sleep between 7 to 9 hours each night have a healthier heart than those who don’t. When you sleep more, your heart remains relaxed as you wake up, thus preventing high blood pressures. In the long run, healthier hearts are less likely to have a heart attack or stroke. In addition to keeping your heart healthy, sleeping also provides the human body with many, many more merits. For example, sleep can minimize daily stress and make you more alert. When those two are combined, you can go out into the world with a happier attitude and enjoy your day. Finally, sleeping well is not limited to only nighttime. Taking naps during the daytime is also advantageous to your health. Much like with nighttime sleep, naps can help you avoid high blood pressure, stay sharp, and stay in a better mood throughout the day. So when you come home from school, consider taking a a nap too.
All in all, sleep is very important to a person’s health. The occasional all-nighter will not necessarily harm you, but could make your next day irritable and not as productive. Just remember: Sleeping is crucial, and should not be disregarded ever (the only exception to this is if you were playing Modern Warfare 3 with your friends after the midnight launch).