Sleep, School, and Anxiety

Alexandra Watson, Reporter

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Anxiety and lack of sleep are both extremely important issues we are facing in the modern world; issues that can be treated separately, but they may also be connected. Recently, scientists have discovered that there may be a link between sleep and anxiety. A normal lack of sleep could lead to it, but anxiety mainly may come about if it’s a sleep disorder. However, during periods of sleeplessness, waves of anxiety could also pop up. In any case, though, there is definitely some sort of relation between the two.

The worrying can be brought on by several things, one of these being the possibility of a complete lack of sleep itself. People may worry about what the lack of sleep can cause or about how it may make them feel in their daily lives. Other targets for such nervousness may be an upcoming activity during the day or someone they may see, the list carries on. These things may end up causing a cycle as well. They worry about what they may have to do the next day, which leads to fretting about how little sleep they’re getting, and then that leads to them losing more precious rest that their brain requires. It’s also important, however, to understand the different associations: People may suffer from lingering unease, but that doesn’t mean they have a hard time getting decent rest. However, this also could indicate that people without anxiety may find it hard to get shut-eye in the night due to their obsessive inner panics. The different links between mental health and sleep can go several different ways so it’s important to keep that in mind.

As mentioned before, sleeplessness can be caused by many things. One prominent cause may be school. Kids of all ages lose sleep over numerous things triggered by school. These things can range from the workload they have to drag home and complete, to family issues, personal worries, and to troubles with friends. Another may even be having to present in front of a class, which can be excruciatingly painful for some kids to do if they are anxious people. Aside from that, a lot of schools begin their days quite early, some at the tender crack of dawn; another source to deficiency in sleep. It has been said numberless times that we young people need eight to ten hours of rest every night, and that eight is fine, however, really, it’s the bare minimum. Kids should be getting at least ten hours, but after waking up early to get to school by seven twenty-five and possibly even six a.m., and then doing whatever they need to during and after school, such as sports and homework or taking care of family, it may be too late to get those full ten hours that they truly need in order to be healthy. This can also cause a lack of sleep that we don’t notice on the outside because we get so used to it to the point we simply brush it off, which can lead to mental issues later in life because that shortage in sleep at that ripening age. Nonetheless, not getting enough sleep is showing, whether it be in test scores or the way people respond and function in their lives, etc.

All in all, the new research surrounding sleep and mental health issues is extremely important, and should not be ignored or seen as a mere nuisance. It can teach us more about what may lead to certain illnesses and help us to understand them and help people. As for school, the link may also teach us about how school can be connected to anxiety, sleep deprivation, and mental health; what heals it and what damages it. It can help us find out whether or not they’re connected, and if not, what may be leading to it.