Sleep and Teenagers: Why Teens Need More Sleep Than Adults
As children grow and move to the teenage level, they become a significant stage of their growth and development. Therefore, at this stage, they need more sleep than adults. The average teen needs about eight to nine hours of sleep each night to feel attentive and refreshed. Many factors keep teens from getting enough sleep, and one of the reasons is – early schooling.
Wendy Troxel studies and specialises in behavioural treatments for insomnia and other sleep-related disorders. She believes teens don’t get enough sleep because of Snapchat, social lives or hormones. It’s because of public policy. Drawing from her experience as a sleep researcher, clinician and mother of a teenager, Troxel confers how early school start times withdraw teenagers from sleep during the time of their lives when they need it most.
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