not to poor grades. Sleep deprivation due to stress

not only cause stress and anxiety for many students because of their strict deadlines but they can also affect academic achievement. Studies show some of the side effects of stress on students include significant decreases in concentration, learning, listening, memory and problem-solving.

More than 25 percent of students polled in 2010 by the (American College Health Association) National College Health Assessment reported that stress lowered their grades or ability to finish a course. Stress may even affect a student’s grades because it can take over their ability to focus during lectures or studying. This may result in students dropping out of school or class due to poor grades. Sleep deprivation due to stress also has a negative effect on academic achievement. Studies done by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America have shown that seventy percent of students who report persistent stress have trouble sleeping. Additionally, the National Sleep Foundation reports teens need at least eight hours of sleep to function at peak performance, yet only about fifteen percent of teenage students get an adequate amount. Dr. Craig Canapari, a pediatrician at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital in New Haven, CT,  states that this lack of sleep can be due to the increased stress of having strict homework deadlines.

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Stress generated from school may also make students angrier, increasing the likelihood of outbursts and social withdrawal. If students set their own homework schedule instead of the strict schedule the teacher provides, it might help reduce their stress levels resulting in better health mentally and physically.Students in a no time-based grading program would discover, by working ahead on assignments, that they could also create more free time for themselves. This self-created downtime would benefit them in many ways. The benefits would include, an increased amount of time spent with family after school, more sleep due to not staying up late at night to finish homework, and more freedom in choosing how they wish to spend their time which would reduce feelings of frustration. Furthermore, studies have shown that free time replenishes the brain’s attention, encourages productivity and creativity, and is essential to good health. It is a proven fact that free time can lead to daydreaming.

Most students today don’t spend time daydreaming because they are usually so stressed and busy with their lives that they don’t take the time to exercise their imagination. What most people are unaware of is that downtime creates room for epiphanies and inspirations which are byproducts of unconscious mental activity. Students should be encouraged to use their imagination. A looser school grading schedule would generate more free time in their schedules to allow them more opportunities for daydreaming.

As a result, society would have the opportunity to blossom as future innovations and inventions could be generated by society’s youth.