8th graders don't getting enough sleep
Chronic sleep deprivation causes daytime sleepiness, which is most problematic during periods of low stimulation like sitting at a desk. It also leads to fatigue, making it difficult for teens to initiate or persist at certain behaviors. The National Sleep Foundation research shows sleep deprivation can impair the following brain functions that directly affect learning and school performance:
- the ability to pay attention
- verbal creativity and communication skills
- creative problem solving
- mental sharpness
- adaptive learning and problem solving that involves the combination of new learning with previous knowledge in order to solve problems
- overall mood and motivation, including increased irritability, low tolerance for frustration, and increased aggressive behavior.