Persuasive Speech for Students’ Chronic Sleep Deprivation
A. Attention Getting Opening: Over the past ten to twenty years, academic demands placed upon college students have increased significantly, this has lead to an increase in workload and amount of time needed to study for a specific course. Today, college students represent the most sleep-deprived division of the population in the U.S. ("Sleep and Memory"). According to Gayla Martindale, 63% percent of the students who attend college do not get enough sleep, which in turns causes 15% percent of these students to fall asleep during class. Sleep deprivation has become a serious problem in the life of students that leads to physiological and psychological impairments, instigates the use of stimulants, and has a negative effect upon the student’s grade point average. B. Reason audience will be interested in this speech: The purpose of this report is to present research on the physiological and psychological effects of sleep deprivation and stimulants on college students and to recommend, based on the overwhelming evidence that sleep deprivation has negative consequences, that New Mexico State University ban the scheduling of any classes before 9am. Sleep deprivation is a serious problem resulting from an increase in academic demands placed upon college students. Loss of sleep leads to physiological and psychological impairments, instigates the use of stimulants, and has negative effects upon the student’s grade point average. Therefore, the university should recognize the prominence of sleep deprivation among its student body. C. Thesis Statement: This report examines the effects of sleep deprivation on college students, and that New Mexico State University bans classes from beginning before 9am. D. Overview:
1. Main Point A: The phycological consequences of sleep deprivation on college students and the impact of it. 2. Main Point B: The psychological consequences of sleep deprivation on...
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