How to Improve Your Teen's Sleep Habits
August 17, 2010
The National Sleep Foundation's 2006 Sleep in America poll found that America's adolescents (6th-12th grade) are not getting the sleep they need, and this lack of sleep gets worse as they progress through their teen years. According to our study -
- Just one in five adolescents get an optimal nine hours of sleep on school nights; nearly one-half (45%) sleep less than eight hours on school nights.
- More than half of adolescents report feeling too tired or sleepy during the day.
- More than half of adolescents say they know they get less sleep than they need to feel their best.
- Nine out of 10 parents believe their adolescent is getting enough sleep at least a few nights during the school week, leaving an "awareness gap" between parents and teens.
Sleep health is important for adolescents to maintain optimal energy and a healthy lifestyle. Check out this podcast to learn more about teens and sleep. National Sleep Foundation volunteer and the Director of the Center for Sleep and Wake Disorders at Chevy Chase, Md. Dr. Helene Emsellem discuss her book Snooze... or Lose: 10 "No-War " Ways to Improve Your Teen's Sleep Habits with Dr. Mache Seibel.
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