Lack of sleep has negative effects on the brain

Not getting enough sleep can have negative effects on the brain. Researchers have found that the people who had less sleep than suggested, the volume of the brain actually shrunk. 

 “You need sleep in order for your memory to function,” said Nurse Debbie Potter, William Peace University’s nurse at the wellness center located at Joyner House, “Memory has three processes. The first is acquisition [such as studying]. The second is consolidation [processing the ideas through resting] and the third is recalling the information that has been stored. If you do not sleep then you will not be able to recall the information that you have studied the night before and lose focus as well.” This can become a real issue when it comes to academic success because having to recall information is the way that teachers grade students, so if students can not recall the information then they will not be able to do well in their classes.

Another effect from not having sufficient amount of sleep is gaining weight. Nurse Debbie stated, “The body does not enough time to recover and for the hormones to kick in, one of the most important one being Leptin, which controls the feeling of fullness and hunger. When a student does not get enough sleep it decreases the amount of Leptin which increases his or her feeling of hunger, so the student wants to eat and instead of eating something healthy the student turns to junk food, which leads to weight gain.” Therefore, students should get more sleep in order to feel healthy. “The average person should sleep seven to eight hours per night,” stated Nurse Debbie. 

There are ways that students can prevent these effects by getting more sleep. One way is by doing the Stress Less Challenge that is held at William Peace University. Other ways that can help students get more sleep is by turning off your computer, phone, and TV an hour before you sleep “because the light source stimulants the brain to keep you awake,” said Nurse Debbie, “If you do not like the light you can get an eye mask and if noise bothers you use ear plugs.” Lastly, Nurse Debbie suggested, “that it best to eat your last meal around six o’clock in the evening and have a light snack later on.” These are some handy points for getting the right amount of sleep students need to be at their best.  

Even though, researchers are making some ground of the importance of sleep and how lack of sleep can hinder our health researchers are not entirely sure why this is happening: whether it is the repetition of not getting enough sleep or is it because the body its self is weakening. However, but is sure that these helpful tips can help students get more sleep and become more successful in academics and every day life. 

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