If you think your teen isn't getting enough sleep, you're probably right. A recent study at San Diego State University found that 40% of adolescents clock less than 7 hours a night, even though most experts recommend about 9* hours of sleep for teens.
According to this study, technology is one of the major culprits. The researchers found that the more hours teens spent online, the less they slept. Plus, when they compared the habits of today's teens to past generations, one of the steepest drops in sleep time occurred around 2009, just when smartphone use soared.
The consequences are serious because sleep needs are greater during adolescence when important physical and mental developments are underway.
Protect your child's health, safety, and academic performance by helping them to sleep well.
Technology Tips for Teen Sleep:
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Encouraging your teen to get enough sleep will help them to deal with daily stress and stay alert at school. They'll also be building lifetime habits that will create a strong foundation for their mental and physical health.
*the range of sleep needed is wide ranging, depending on the individual as low as 7 hours and as much as 11 hours (13 years to 19 years) 9 hours seems to be the acceptable amount, but if your teen is waking happy and thriving on less than 9 hours this is totally fine. See the national sleep foundation sleep chart here