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  • Myles Shin

Today I Learned... How Lack of Sleep Affects the Body

As a junior in high school taking many rigorous courses, I know what it feels like to always be tired. Last semester, I used to get around 4 to 5 hours a day of sleep, but it has gone up this year. I have been getting 6 to 7 hours this year and I feel so much better. I am still always tired and would love to get more sleep, but I am living a good life right now. Before, I used to be grumpy and angry all the time. Every day I knew my body was not well maintained and would feel body spasms all the time. Without Emergen-C, a vitamin C powder, I would've always gotten sick. My body normally would just not been able to handle that toll.

The average amount of sleep necessary to function properly is 8 hours a day. Lack of sleep can lead to fatigue and short-temper, some of the things I faced. One bad night is not the end of the world, but it starts to get bad when it's multiple nights in a row with hardly any sleep. Without sleep, our bodies are so much weaker. This is when our body recuperates and needs enough time to do so. The only way to get over not getting enough sleep has a simple solution: get more sleep. There is no other way around this and this is the only way. Sleep is vital to our well-being and is more important than people think.



Sources:

“Why Lack of Sleep Is Bad for Your Health.” NHS Choices, NHS, 30 May 2018, www.nhs.uk/live-well/sleep-and-tiredness/why-lack-of-sleep-is-bad-for-your-health/.