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WE KNOW THAT SLEEP IS IMPORTANT AT ALL STAGES OF LIFE, BUT RESEARCH HAS SHOWN THAT GETTING A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT FOR TEENAGERS.

Why do teens need a good night’s sleep?

WHY DO WE RECOMMEND SLEEP STUDIES FOR KIDS?

Teens who got enough sleep did better in school. Their performance in sports and after-school activities improved. They had fewer behavioral problems.

Teens who got enough sleep were less likely to struggle with their weight, which meant they were less likely to have weight-related illnesses as they grew up. Teens who weren’t sleepy were less likely to have a fatal motor vehicle collision.

This study, as well as many others, showed a clear link between teens that weren’t getting enough sleep and diagnoses of ADHD, experiences with behavioral problems, and health concerns such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart conditions, obesity, depression, and anxiety.

Why do teens struggle to get enough sleep?

Teens who got enough sleep did better in school. Their performance in sports and after-school activities improved. They had fewer behavioral problems.

Teens who got enough sleep were less likely to struggle with their weight, which meant they were less likely to have weight-related illnesses as they grew up. Teens who weren’t sleepy were less likely to have a fatal motor vehicle collision.

This study, as well as many others, showed a clear link between teens that weren’t getting enough sleep and diagnoses of ADHD, experiences with behavioral problems, and health concerns such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart conditions, obesity, depression, and anxiety.

Why do teens struggle to get enough sleep?

Like adults, teens have a hard time putting down their electronic devices and going to sleep. Many teenagers also struggle with the social pressures of the weekend. Kids stay up late on Friday and Saturday, then sleep in on Saturday and Sunday morning, which makes it harder to go to bed on time Sunday night. Getting up Monday morning is a struggle, so kids start their week with a sleep defcit. Teens who smoke, use alcohol, drugs or drink a lot of caffeine, often struggle with going to bed on time.

There is also a natural circadian rhythm (body clock) shift that happens in adolescence and encourages teens to stay up later making it more difficult to wake up early. Teenagers can also struggle with a sleep disorder called delayed sleep-wake phase disorder, which is a more extreme version of this circadian rhythm shift. If kids are very busy trying to balance after school activities, sports, homework and family commitments, it can be very difficult for them to get everything is done in time to relax and go to bed.

Getting a good night’s sleep can be difficult for anyone, but it is particularly hard for teenagers.

What signs help parents determine if their teenager has a possible sleep disorder?

Inconsistent sleep schedule

Difficulty waking up in the morning and not feeling well rested

Habitual snoring

Difficulty coping with changes and emotions in an age-appropriate way

Am I at Risk ?

GENERAL OVERVIEW

What can parents do to help?

Parents who recognize that their kids aren’t sleeping well can help them get a better night’s rest and improve their overall health for years to come. Good sleep hygiene includes:
If these suggestions do not make a difference, see a sleep specialist. Many of the sleep disorders that arise in teenagers, such as narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome, and sleep apnea, can be treated.

Why does it all matter?

Sleep disorders in teens are common and underdiagnosed. Parents too often dismiss exhaustion as just one of those things that kids go through, when in fact exhaustion and sleep deprivation at this age can have profound effects through a teenager’s life.
By treating sleep disorders as they arise, parents can see:

Improvements in their teenager’s overall mood and ability to cope with stress.

Better mental health overall, with less depression and anxiety

An improved ability to learn, resulting in better performance in school and sports.

Safer driving and fewer risky behaviors

Improvements in their child’s overall health.

When parents treat sleep disruptions as the serious problems that they are, they’re setting their child up for a longer, healthier life. If you have concerns about your teenager’s sleep patterns, contact their healthcare provider.
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