Like most of America, I’m prone to sleep deprivation. I find it ironic that I’m writing about this because tonight, I definitely won’t be sleeping…

Like most of America, I’m prone to sleep deprivation. I find it ironic that I’m writing about this because tonight, I definitely won’t be sleeping much. People, this is why you shouldn’t put off 8 hours of homework until the last few hours of the weekend.   Sleep deprivation and caffeine addiction are like two great friends with an ultimately symbiotic relationship. The more the former happens, the more the latter is fed, and vice versa.   (When I’m sleep deprived, I make very little sense and begin to make terrible similes.)   On a more serious note, sleep deprivation can be really harmful to your/my/everyone’s health. You’re just not as alert if you haven’t gotten the right amount of sleep (which is 7-9 hours a night).   It’s personally difficult for me to focus on much of anything when I’m extremely sleep-deprived. I tune out my teachers with facility, lose my ability to speak/write/read properly, and have trouble remembering things (and erm, people).   I remember when I was running on 2 and a half hours of sleep and I had a test my first period of the day. I apparently lost my ability to read correctly, so I ended up doing worse on the test than I normally would have.   Cramming for Tests + Sleep Deprived State of Being = Failure (for most of the people I know, anyway).   That’s one of my resolutions for this year: stop depriving myself of something (sleep) I obviously really need (of course!). – Allyson

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