November 30, 2015
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Recent studies have shown that teens have had a significant decrease in how many hours they sleep each night.
There are many consequences for students who fail to get enough sleep each night. For example, having difficulty waking up in the morning, lower grades, depression, poor moods and even falling asleep while driving.
Research shows that most teens get fewer than eight hours of sleep per night. This could be due to studying for an upcoming exam, doing homework, extracurricular activities or simply staying up late.
According to Mary A. Carskadon, a doctor who works as the chronobiology director at the sleep research laboratory at Bradley Hospital, teens between the ages of 11 and 17 need at least eight and a half hours of sleep each night. In fact, it is better if they aim for nine hours.
Junior Annika Morken at Catalina Foothills High School states, “I try to get enough sleep each night, but sometimes it just doesn’t work out. It is a goal of mine though.”
According to WebMD, there are solutions that both parents and teens can use to help fix this problem. For example, the parent can take any distracting electronic out of the bedroom, because the sound effects and the bright lights of the games and device easily convince the brain that it is not time to sleep. Also, exposing their teen to light as soon as they awake will automatically wake up their brain, instead of laying in a dark room until they are ready to get up.
It is crucial for teenagers to receive the proper amount of sleep each night in order to function well for the next day. There simply needs to be more effort put into getting the right amount of hours.