Teenage years can prove to be challenging with many changes happening all at once, but one change many parents overlook is the lack of sleep their teens may be getting. With overloaded schedules, social media obsessions and chatting with friends until the wee hours of the night, teens are having a harder time than ever dosing off.
The Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics shows the percentage of high school students who got fewer than eight hours of sleep on an average school night increased from 68.3% in 2013 to 72.7% in 2015.
During sleep, important body functions and brain activity occur and not getting enough sleep can be harmful — even deadly if behind the wheel. Sleepiness can also make it hard to get along with family and friends, and it could hurt student’s scores on school exams or athletes’ performance on the field.
Simple changes could positively impact your child’s sleep, including cutting back on caffeine and establishing a bedtime routine which includes turning off electronic devices (e.g. cell phones, tvs, tablets) an hour before sleep. If you have tried small changes like these at home and your teen is still having trouble catching ZzZs, it’s important you discuss this with your family doctor.
About the Tallahassee Memorial Sleep Center:
The Tallahassee Memorial Sleep Center is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and specializes in diagnosing and treating conditions that keep people awake at night. Our team of board-certified sleep medicine physicians, technologists and technicians are trained in identifying the symptoms of sleep disorders. They can administer the diagnostic tests needed to quickly get to the root of your sleep problem:
- Split-night sleep studies
- Titration studies
- Multiple sleep latency tests
- Maintenance of wakefulness tests
To learn more, visit TMH.ORG/Sleep or call 850-431-4400.