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What time should teenagers go to sleep?
Transcript of What time should teenagers go to sleep?
When teens don’t get enough sleep, they lose their ability to concentrate and may find school more difficult.
HERE'S THE FACTS...
What's the Big Deal?
You're body LITERALLY needs sleep to work and function
What Can You Do?
Set a regular bedtime
Make sure that your bedroom is reserved just for sleep and is comfortable and dark
Encourage your teen to get regular exercise during the day
Set aside worries or daily concerns at night
What Time Should Teenagers Go to Sleep?
During and after puberty, a teenager's biological clock resets. So, not feeling the need to fall asleep until 11:00 P.M. is normal... but SHOULD
you wait until then?
Research done at The American Acdemy of Sleep says that teenagers need 8 1/2 - 9 hours of sleep each night.
You tell me if you should wait to sleep until around 11. When you go to sleep at 11 or midnight and wake up at 6 or 7 are you getting 8 1/2 - 9 hours of sleep?
Fatigue affects teen emotions and can lead to feelings of sadness and depression.
According to Kids Health, up to 15 percent of teen drivers drive while drowsy. Statistics on teen drivers show that they are three times more likely to die in a car accident than older drivers, and that driving while drowsy is just as dangerous as driving drunk, with up to 60 percent of car accidents due to lack of sleep.
Blood floods to muscles to help repair tissue and grow.
Cortisol lowers during the early hours of sleep, but rises toward morning so that a teen relaxes during the night and wakes alert.
Leptin and gherlin play a part in the body’s hunger and satiation cycles. Teens with leptin and gherlin imbalances are more likely to overeat during the day.
Research subjects were found to have an increased sense of hunger and tended to reach for carbohydrate-dense, sweet, and salty foods when sleep deprived.
It helps our bodies respond to stress appropriately so that we don’t become ill. People who do not produce adequate levels of cortisol are diagnosed with Addison’s disease and suffer from numerous problems.
However, bedtime is not when you want your cortisol to be high as it heightens alertness.
Attention, alertness, reaction time, memory, reasoning skills, and creative thinking all suffer when we don’t get enough sleep - both acutely and chronically.
Staying up and cramming for a test the next day will actually make your brain function less the next day.