How to Improve Your Teen's Sleep Habits

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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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