The Other Big Deficit: Many Teens Fall Short on Sleep




“Most high school students are chronically tired. They juggle school, sports, homework, chores, friends and family. To meet all of these demands, surveys show, high schoolers usually stay up close to midnight on school nights. And then they have to get up early the next morning, typically around 6 or 6:30 a.m., to get to school on time, as most high schools start classes around 7:30 a.m.” Dr. Helene Emsellem, neurologist at George Washington University and medical director of the Center for Sleep and Wake Disorders, says "I think it's important for teens to recognize that during the day, they're gathering information, but they're really not learning it till they sleep on it."

What do you think needs to change for teens to get the sleep they need?