Suhaila Mohamed Mohideen
Speech
March 4, 2016
The Importance of Sleep (Persuasive Speech)
Introduction:
Hello, everyone! My name is Suhaila and today I am doing my persuasive speech on The Importance of Sleep. Sleep is something that is neglected by us and is overseen. We all disregard sleep as a college student since we have some much stuff to do that we forget to take care of ourselves and to sleep properly. For our brain to function to its full potential we must sleep. I will talk about the reason we need sleep, the consequences of lack of sleep, and the proper amount of sleep needed. Sleep is something very essential for one's mental and emotional heath; sleeping helps your brain function properly and efficiently.
Hook: (start with a satistic) "Americans suffer from over 70 different sleep disorders and 60 percent of adults' report having sleep problems a few nights a week or more."
Narrow Your Focus: In this speech I will be covering the following topics:
Why do you need sleep? (Claim)
Counterclaims
Consequences of Lack of Sleep (Evidence)
Proper Amount of Sleep Needed (Beneficial Information)
Thesis Statement: Sleep is something very essential for one's mental and emotional heath; sleeping helps your brain function properly and efficiently.
Body Paragraphs:
Why do you need sleep? (Claim)
Sleep is something very essential for one's mental and emotional heath.
Sleeping helps your brain function properly and efficiently.
When you are sleeping allows your brain process new information to the memory and this process is known as memory consolidation.
Sleeping helps maintain metabolism, weight control, hormonal balance, and alertness.
Sleeping allows the body to take rest.
Counter Claim:
However, one may argue that sleep is a waste of time.
You rather spend time studying and doing other tests.
Consequences of Lack of Sleep (Support the Claim)
Disables one to function properly throughout the day for example:
They take longer to complete tasks
Have a slower reaction time
Poor decision making
Not alert of their surroundings
Lack of sleep can lead to:
have trouble making decisions
solving problems
controlling your emotions and behavior
coping with change
fatigue
drowsiness
affect the function of your immune system
less concentration
Being sleep deprived is very harmful on the long-run as it can damage the way your brain functions.
Proper Amount of Sleep Needed (Beneficial Information)
Everyone is unique and has different sleep needs however, in general:
Newborns need to sleep: 16-18 hours a day
Young Children need to sleep: 11-12 hours a day
Teens need to sleep: 9-10 hours a day
Adults need to sleep: 7-8 hours a day
If you sleep less or lose sleep you have to make sure that you make up for another day as it very important to have enough sleep.
You can also take short naps during the day to provide a short-term boost in alertness and performance.
However, note that napping doesn't equal the benefits of having a good night sleep.
Conclusion:
It is very important to have enough sleep and a regular sleep routine. Sleeping aids to having a better memory and to synthesize information well. Additionally, it helps you function better throughout the day and makes you feel refreshed and well relaxed.
Call for Action:
That today we should try to at least get enough sleep today by going home and sleeping at least 7-8 hours.



References:
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2. Central Michigan University. "College Student Sleep Patterns Could Be Detrimental."
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4. National Institutes of Health. "Sleep Deprivation and Deficiency." National Institutes of
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