Sleep Deprivation A Serious Problem For Teens

The New York Times (10/21, Brody) “Well” blog reports that teenagers are more likely to be sleep-deprived than any other age group, with studies showing that few get the recommended “eight and a half to nine and a half hours of sleep each night.” Dr. Judith A. Owens, a pediatric sleep specialist and lead author of “a policy statement issued in August by the American Academy of Pediatrics,” said the lack of sleep is associated with health problems, “risk-taking behavior, depression and suicidal ideation, and car accidents.” The piece notes that early school start times, electronic devices, overscheduling, and parental pressure contribute to the problem.

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— “Hard Lesson in Sleep for Teenagers,” Jane E. Brody, New York Times, October 20, 2014.

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