Lexington High School

Reducing Stress and Developing Resiliency

INFORMATION AND RESOURCES

Sleep

Getting too little sleep is common among teenagers. Lack of sleep can be both a symptom and a cause of stress; and not surprisingly, getting enough sleep can help relieve stress. When students are overloaded with homework, commitments, and activities, they often stay up late to get things done. Sleep deprivation affects students' alertness and their ability to learn and work productively both at school and at home. The lack of productivity and an inability to focus due to lack of sleep, means assignments take longer to complete, which means staying up later, and the cycle begins again. If this occurs repeatedly, it can lead to sleep deficits that may have damaging effects on students' health and emotional well-being, as well as their academic performance. Thus, lack of sleep is often a symptom of stress but can itself become a source of stress. In addition to workload issues, other sources of stress that may contribute to students' lack of sleep include social and peer pressures, college application pressures, parental pressures, and self-imposed pressures.