BBC News Report 2016
Recent reports have revealed that teenagers and young adults do not get enough sleep. This could lead to loss of concentration, mood swings and health problems that are affecting our education.
A reason for teenagers not getting enough sleep is due to the use of mobile phones and computers for long periods into the night and early morning. Mainly social media and interactive gaming are among the causes of sleep depression.
According to Nationwide’s Children Hospital, the average amount of sleep needed for an average person aged 13-18 is 9 and a half hours. The report shows that teenagers are not getting the sleep they need and this could be ruining their futures.
Not having enough sleep can affect your health from accidental death and medical conditions such as heart disease. There are more effects that are not as serious such as yawning and mood swings that can lead young people to lose focus in their lessons or even cause disruption.
Boston College in the United States, has the highest amount of sleep-deprived students, with 73% of 9-10 year olds and 80% of13 year olds identified by their teachers as having the most impact on students’ performance. 73% of 9-10 year olds are lacking sleep after results of literacy tests.
The international average of 47% of primary pupils needing more sleep and 57% among the secondary age group.
New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Australia, England, Ireland and France all have the most sleep-deprived youngsters. High-performing Finland is also among the most lacking of sleep, which is interesting, given its successful education system.
Countries that have the best records for getting enough sleep include Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Portugal, The Czech Republic, Japan and Malta.
Results that have been gathered from Ysgol Rhiwabon, Wales, has shown that most students get around 4-8 hours of sleep on a school night. This is simply not enough.
Also from Ysgol Rhiwabon some teachers were asked, “Do students seem to be tired in their lessons?”
One History teacher said, “The students seem to be more focused on their work. They don’t really seem to be tired but it depends on the classes.”
Another member of the staff who is a Physical Education teacher said, “Everyone is mostly tired on a first lesson on Monday and they are also tired on last lesson on Friday.”
A Maths teacher said, “Most pupils are tired.”
I think I’ll be going to bed without my phone in my hand tonight!
BBC News School Report 2016