ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Failing to get enough sleep at night can have severe consequences for teens’ health and lifestyle, a new study says.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, the natural sleep cycle for kids in their teens conflict with most school start times.
The report says high school students should get nine hours of sleep every night, but a recent survey revealed that two-thirds of teen respondents are not getting the amount of sleep they need, and that can inhibit their ability to learn.
“Their ability to focus on school the next morning will be impaired,” said Dr. Yaser Zeater, a sleep physician for Swedish American Hospital. “So, they get more dosing off. Having good hours of sleep makes their mind more sharp, [increases their] ability to focus better. School performance effects kids, and young adults or teenagers, how they perform in school.”
Light delays the body’s ability to fall asleep. Dr. Zeater recommends avoiding screen time and dimming the lights two hours before bedtime can help a person fall asleep faster.
Dr. Zeater also says teens should try and keep a regular sleep schedule, even on the weekends.
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