17. May 2011
In spite of what many adults will want to assert, life can be very harsh for teenagers,as there are more responsibilities to face than one can imagine. To start with the basics, teens have to deal with the phase that transforms them to adulthood from childhood along with the constant strain of peer pressure among their friends. But according to a study conducted by the university of Arkhansas , teens who are addicted to video games have it worse because it is scientifically proven that they suffer from the lack of sleep.
The study which was presented at the American Psychiatric association showed that from a group survey of 16000 teens, the ones that played video games have shown to sleep only 5 hours per night which is below the required hours. Since video games are well known to purposely rig their games to keep their players addicted, this increased addiction stimulates the brain like caffeine and makes them more anxious to win or score high points, which in turn increases alertness thus making them feel less drowsy. Sleep as we know it is underrated as many people think that they can manage by not sleeping for a day or so, but they tend to forget that just as laptop or a mobile phone, need to be charged to keep their battery level up, human beings are no exception. Since being a teenager requires constant traveling to high school and soccer practice, teens need their sleep desperately, no matter how active they may be.
Despite popular opinion, the consequences of having little to no sleep is often much worse than just having dark circles under one’s eye as sever mental breakdown which will result in hallucination and suicidal tendencies and depending upon the number of days, certain death will be inevitable. This why it is important to do plenty of physical exercise as that not only keeps the body fit but it also balances the mind thus making it disciplined enough to follow a regular sleep pattern.