Teen Sleep (Or Lack Of It) Studied Closely

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August 27, 2014 — Network Indiana — An Indiana-based sleep medicine physician says most teens are “night owls” and have body clocks that require them to go to bed later and wake up later.

This follows a new policy statement released by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The policy is asking school systems nationwide to consider later start times for classes to accommodate sleep-deprived teens. The group says the move is necessary to improve student health and productivity.

St. Vincent Hospital JWM Neurologist Dr. Adam Fisch says many teens are sleep-deprived due to societal demands that put most adults on earlier-to-bed schedules for work the next day.

In short, the academy argues that unnatural sleep patterns for teens may actually be impacting their health and productivity.


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