On school days, junior college student Wong Rui En, 18, doesn't go to bed till past midnight, but has to drag herself out of bed at 6. She ticks off the list of things she has to do. School ends at 4. Then she gets down to homework. Research is increasingly showing that such a truncated amount of sleep for children in her age group has a detrimental impact on mental and physical health.
Quality—not quantity—of sleep linked to better health in teens
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For families with teenagers, school nights may fall into a familiar pattern. Parents urge their kids to go to bed early. But teens would rather stay up late. Maybe they have homework or want to spend time with friends. But a new study confirms that adolescents need eight to 10 hours of sleep at night to feel their best the next day. As kids reach adolescence, they often face increasing workloads and responsibilities. But they are not yet adults.
Teens suffer when they give sleep a rest, study shows
Researchers say reducing the amount of blue-light screen time for teens at night can help them sleep better. Then our circadian rhythms were altered with the discovery of fire, and changed forever when we discovered electricity. A common complaint for modern parents is how much time their kids want to spend on their devices, whether it be their phones, tablets, or computers. The research was presented last weekend at the annual meeting of the European Society of Endocrinology in Lyon, France.
Credit: Getty Images. When school begins later, teens get more snooze time—and grades and attendance improve, a new study shows. After public schools in Seattle reorganized school start times, teens got more sleep on school nights—a median increase of 34 minutes of sleep each night.