Teenagers are notorious for staying up late and unwilling to get up early. Interestingly enough, there’s a scientific reason for this behavior. Once puberty hits, there’s a shift in the internal clocks of an adolescent by about two hours. This fluctuation means their bodies start producing melatonin – the sleep-inducing hormone – later in the evening. Biological changes aside, a majority of teens aren’t getting enough sleep. According to the Better Sleep Council, nearly 80% of teenagers get less than seven hours of sleep per night.
Below we’ll take a look at what happens to a sleep-deprived teenager, whether schools should start later, and the solutions that can help teens get better sleep.
Because teens’ bodies and brains are still developing, The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends teenagers get 8-10 hours of sleep to function at their best during the day. But as mentioned previously, most teens aren’t getting the proper amount of shut-eye. A sleep-deprived teenager can expect to deal with the following issues:
If your teen complains that school starts too early, don’t roll your eyes. They may have a good point. In 2018, researchers worked with two Seattle, Wash., schools to experiment with later school times. The students selected for the study gained 34 extra minutes of sleep on average. They reported feeling more alert during class, resulting in improved attendance and a 4.5% increase in grade averages.
Also, several respected organizations – including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine – advocate for this change. If you feel strongly about later school times, there are plenty of ways you can get involved.
Ultimately, it’s up to parents to stress the importance of sleep to their teens. Try these techniques to encourage them to get quality shut-eye:
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