Insufficient sleep poses an important and complicated set of health risks in the adolescent population. Not only is deficient sleep defined as both sleep duration inadequate to meet sleep needs and sleep timing misaligned with the body's circadian rhythms at epidemic levels in this population, but the contributing factors are both complex and numerous and there are a myriad of negative physical and mental health, safety and performance consequences. Causes of inadequate sleep identified in this population include internal biological processes such as the normal shift delay in circadian rhythm that occurs in association with puberty and a developmentally-based slowing of the "sleep drive", and external factors including extracurricular activities, excessive homework load, evening use of electronic media, caffeine intake and early school start times. Consequences range from inattentiveness, reduction in executive functioning and poor academic performance to increased risk of obesity and cardio-metabolic dysfunction, mood disturbances which include increased suicidal ideation, a higher risk of engaging in health risk behaviors such as alcohol and substance use, and increased rates of car crashes, occupational injuries and sports-related injuries. In response to these concerns, a number of promising measures have been proposed to reduce the burden of adolescent sleep loss, including healthy sleep education for students and families, and later school start times to allow adolescents to obtain sufficient and appropriately-timed sleep.
Homework vs. Sleep: A Major Cause of Stress in Teens
People say that homework is supposed to help children in school. Homework has many side effects, some of which are dangerous. A clear side effect of too much homework is lack of sleep. Many students do poorly on exams because of sleep deprivation. Research showed that students did not think homework was useful and regarded homework as a burden.
The Uneven Health Toll of Sleep Deprivation
People say that homework is supposed to help children in school. Homework has many side effects, some of which are dangerous. A clear side effect of too much homework is lack of sleep.
After sitting through hours at school, they leave only to get started on mountains of homework. And educators are mixed on its effectiveness. Some say the practice reinforces what students learned during the day, while others argue that it put unnecessary stress on kids and parents , who are often stuck nagging or helping. According to a new study, conducted by the Better Sleep Council , that homework stress is the biggest source of frustration for teens, with 74 percent of those surveyed ranking it the highest, above self-esteem 51 percent parental expectations 45 percent and bullying 15 percent. The stress and excessive homework adds up to lost sleep , the BSC says.