Beata Mostafavi September 17, PM Healthy sleep is critical during adolescence, but a nationwide survey finds many parents have sleep-deprived teens at home. Staying up late to scroll through social media and catch up with friends on phones may be second nature for many teens. More than half of parents of teens with sleep troubles think electronics are to blame. Once they hit puberty, adolescents need eight to 10 hours of sleep per night, but just over a third of American teens say they are getting at least eight hours on a typical school night. And research shows that inadequate or disrupted sleep can have long-lasting health effects.
Other teens try to go to sleep early, but instead of getting much-needed rest, they lie awake for hours. Over time, nights of missed sleep whether they're caused by a sleep disorder or simply not scheduling enough time for the necessary ZZZs can build into a sleep deficit or sleep debt. Teens with a sleep deficit can't concentrate, study, or work effectively. They also can have emotional problems, like depression. What Happens During Sleep? As we sleep, our brains pass through five stages of sleep.
Teens Sleeping Too Much, Or Not Enough? Parents Can Help
Long Sleeper Long Sleeper - Overview Long sleepers regularly sleep more than the average member of their age group. Their nightly length of sleep tends to be 10 to 12 hours. This sleep is very normal and of a good quality.
All three of these behaviors — not getting enough sleep, not exercising enough and spending too much time in front of a screen — have been linked to negative consequences for the health of teens, including increased risk of depression, poor school performance and obesity. Teens need between eight and 10 hours of sleep per night and one hour of vigorous physical activity daily, according to the National Sleep Foundation and the CDC. It is very difficult for teens to adhere to the recommendations without parental, family and community support, explained Breuner, who was not involved in the study. But Breuner warns against throwing up your hands and giving up, offering some tips instead. And powering off ahead of bedtime may start with the grownups.
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