By Wendy Hall Apr 26, Photo: iStockphoto. Parents worry about whether their teenagers are getting enough sleep.
Adolescents now are sleeping less per night than they did 20 years ago, according to research published online ahead of print February 16 in Pediatrics. The largest declines in nightly sleep time for all adolescents occurred between and and between and The data result from the yearly Monitoring the Future survey, in which a nationally representative sample of students in the 8th, 10th, and 12th grades report how often they get seven or more hours of sleep and how often they get less sleep than they should.
Sleep is food for the brain. During sleep, important body functions and brain activity occur. Skipping sleep can be harmful — even deadly, particularly if you are behind the wheel.
We respect your privacy. Teens typically need up to 10 hours of sleep each night to function at their best during the day. Problem is, many adolescents don't get the healthy sleep they need. Getting teens on a regular sleep schedule can improve their health, as well as their performance at school and at home, but it will require a creative approach.
This makes it more difficult for them to fall asleep before 11 p. Add in early school start times and an increase in homework, extracurricular activities and sometimes a part-time job, and sleep deprivation in teens becomes common. So how much sleep is enough?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are not alone. Many teenagers feel that they are always tired. Sleep helps to fuel your brain and your body.
Not enough, or poor quality, sleep can have a negative effect on your behaviour, learning, health, wellbeing and weight. You should be regularly sleeping 8—10 hours each night. However, some people naturally sleep slightly less or more than these recommended hours.
That's one to two hours of sleep deprivation, on average, every night, which can lead to major sleep debt and wreak havoc on a teen's mental and physical health. A hectic schedule and staying up until the wee hours doing homework, watching Netflix, or texting friends is sometimes partly to blame, but a teen's internal body clock or circadian rhythm plays a large role, too. So come Saturday, it's understandable why your teen is often exhausted and tends to want to sleep late. And that extra shut-eye is actually beneficial, boosting brain health to improve memory and learning.
After getting too little sleep Monday through Friday, many teens try to catch up on weekends, sometimes straggling out of bed after noon. Staying up late in the evening to finish school work, take part in extracurricular activities, and spend time with friends and family means they often struggle to wake up on time for school. A few days of this can build up a significant sleep deficit.
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are not alone. Many teenagers feel that they are always tired. In medicine, the word sleepiness is used for the feeling when you want or need to sleep in places and at times when you should not be asleep such as History class! Everyone experiences sleepiness at some time or another.