Pediatrics say teen sleep deprivation is common

Today’s PEMCO Poll reveals that 74% of Northwest residents think teenagers don’t get enough sleep, yet 52% think high school classes generally start at the right time.
   And only 11% of those polled know that nine hours is the right amount of sleep for teenagers, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
   Last month, the AAP publicly asked America’s middle and high schools to delay start times from 30 to 60 minutes so students can get more sleep. It cited studies showing 87% of high school students sleep less than nine hours each night, and on average high school seniors sleep less than seven hours.
   The result: students fall asleep in class, fall asleep doing homework, and drive while drowsy.
   The AAP says hormones don’t allow teens to get sleepy until 11 p.m. That spells trouble for high school students who start classes before 7 a.m. Read the Spokesman-Review article.

by  Jon Osterberg



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