Sleep Deprivation in Adolescents and Students

The effects of sleep deprivation caused by modern society.

Paper deals with sleep deprivation in America’s youth and students. Sleep is defined and the process is briefly explained. Includes explanations of poor sleep habits, sleep mechanisms and past catastrophic events relating to sleep deprivation.
Sleep deprivation among teens and adolescents has long been an overlooked problem in this country. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are as many as 100,000 car crashes each year that are linked to drowsy driving. Over half of those crashes involved adolescent drivers ages 15-24. (NTSA, 1999) Furthermore, those numbers are increasing each year at an alarming rate.