Teen and chatting with adult

This is after taking into account other risk factors such as body fat, physical activity, television viewing and diet quality.Finally, a recent report has highlighted links between teens’ sleep time, screen time and poorer mental health. They should encourage the use of beds only for sleep and for relaxing before sleeping.A recent review identified increased risk for suicide, being overweight, high rates of injury, poor sustained attention and low school grades for teens sleeping less than eight hours.Sleeping nine or more hours has, on the other hand, been associated with better life satisfaction, fewer health complaints and better quality family relationships for teens.And a recent study in two high schools in the Seattle school district found that a later school start time led to an increase in teens’ average sleep duration, which was associated with an increase in average grades and an improvement in school attendance.

A lot of action takes place in teenage brains due to their developmental stage.

more Parents worry about whether their teenagers are getting enough sleep.

Research studies suggest that teenagers are suffering an “epidemic of sleep deprivation” globally — one that will have long-term health impacts.

At this age parents also tend to exert less control over teenagers’ bedtimes.

So what are optimal sleep times to support adolescent health?

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