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Sleep in General

Pointers for Parents

1. Educate yourself about adolescent development, including physical and behavioral changes you can expect (especially those that relate to sleep needs and patterns).

2. Look for signs of sleep deprivation (insufficient sleep) and sleepiness in your children. Keep in mind that the signs are not always obvious, especially in younger (pre-adolescent) children.

Signs include:

1.        difficulty waking in the morning,

2.        irritability late in the day,

Consequences of Poor Sleep in Adolescents

Data on children, teens and adults confirm that sleep loss and sleep difficulties can have serious detrimental effects. Research specifically on adolescents and young adults is relatively new and limited, but scientists believe that many effects demonstrated in studies and clinical observations of adults are similar in adolescents. Sleep researchers, therefore, believe that insufficient sleep in teens and young adults is linked to: Increased risk of unintentional injuries and death.