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Sleeping too much can ruin the mental balance of students

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Sleeping too much can ruin the mental balance of students

Studies have found that too much sleep can mess with mental balance. Photo Credit: Maham Rizwan

Studies have found that too much sleep can mess with mental balance. Photo Credit: Maham Rizwan

Studies have found that too much sleep can mess with mental balance. Photo Credit: Maham Rizwan

Studies have found that too much sleep can mess with mental balance. Photo Credit: Maham Rizwan

Maham Rizwan, Staff Writer

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On average, the majority of people get about 7-8 hours of sleep a night; however, everyone sometimes has their nights of staying up and trying compensate by oversleeping the next day. Sleeping too much, or too little, has negative effects on the cognition abilities of the brain. There is a simple algorithm to calculating how much sleep is optimal: for every two hours of being awake, the body needs one hour of sleep. For example, if someone awake for sixteen hours, eight hours of sleep is most favorable for effective brain cognition. Connor J. Wild, a neuroscientist from the University of West Ontario, stated, “We also found that people that slept more than that amount were equally impaired as those who slept too little.” The most affected areas of the brain, in relation to too much sleep, include: verbal ability and reasoning, as well as short-term memory, which becomes gradually impaired. Though excessive sleep virtually creates the same deficits as sleeping too little, more high-level cognitive abilities such as decision making are compromised with abundant amounts of sleep. The negative effects of oversleeping is most common in students pulling an all nighter or just high school students in general. The average student spends 7 ½ hours sleeping when the optimal amount is 9 ½ (National Children’s Hospital). In order to avoid permanent damage to one’s mental state, sleep should be considered one’s top priority; however, as Goldilocks would advise, not too much or too little.

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