Effects of Sleep Deprivation on the Academic Performance of DLSL Accountancy Students

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“Lack of sleep should no longer be considered a traditional adolescent rite of passage because it can have serious consequences” (McCann, 2008). Students should not make it a habit to stay up late at night. Porpova (2013) claims that chronic sleep deprivation in adolescents reduces the brain’s capacity to learn new information and can lead to emotional issues like depression and aggression. Also, an article of Hackethal (2013) has shown that sleep deprivation might affect the frontal lobes of the brain which controls decision-making functions. Even teenagers still need to get enough sleep to avoid suffering the consequences of being sleep deprived. According to Peri (2010), sleepiness slows down one’s thought processes and it impairs memory which makes learning difficult. His study also showed that the quantity of sleep affects the cognitive and mental health of a person. With his study, he was able to conclude that lack of sleep can lead to mood problems and can hinder a person from thinking clearly. Studies show that having the recommended eight hours of sleep is very important for the brain rejuvenates itself during sleep. A number of things contribute to the lack of sleep among teens. Glosser (n.d.) states that social life, caffeinated drinks, electronic media, depression and homework contribute to sleep deprivation among teens. He asserts that sleep deprivation in teens may also have biological causes because their body clocks are programmed to start later in the day, possibly for hormonal reasons. Due to an overwhelming number of academic requirements to be done, most students do not get sufficient number of sleep. LeBlanc (2013) stated in his article that according to the study of the Journal of Adolescent Health, only ... ... middle of paper ... ...” The results seem to contradict the findings of Dean, Lowry, & Manders (2010) which tells that the average amount of sleep a student receives per night does seem to be tied to the student’s average grade. This result is similar to the findings published on the Journal Child Development that lack of sleep result in lower comprehension and worse performance of students in class (MacVean, 2012). sleep problems cannot definitely be blamed for poor grades (Hackethal, 2013). it was found out that one night of sleep loss resulted in about 30% loss of cognitive skills and drop in performance (Leonidas, 2012). Insufficient sleep among adolescents may increase the odds of serious levels of emotional and behavioral disturbances (McCann, 2008). “Sleep deprivation impairs our brain’s ability to think about how we affect, and are affected by, other people (Simon-Thomas, 2007.”

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