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chronic sleep deprivation


Study suggests that teens that sleep late are more emotional as compared to those who sleep early. So teens who want to sleep late find it difficult with behavior and reasoning than their peers who simply fail to get enough rest at night.

It was also found in the study that one in five adolescents get less than 7 hours of sleep on school nights, and the amount of sleep teen got did not influence ability to manage things like behavior, emotions and memory.

So teens who sleep late find it very difficult in self-regulation feel drowsy during the whole day. Infect it is not how long you sleep that has the biggest impact on self-influence, but when you sleep in relation to the body’s natural circadian rhythms and how  impaired you are by sleepiness.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that kids who get 8 – 10 hours of sleep due to changes in circadian rhythms coinciding with puberty, most teens don’t sleep before 11pm and their morning wake up time should be 8am so that they can get both an optimal amount and timing of sleep.

The results of this study suggests that teens who sleep late and wake up early for school start timings are associated with impaired self-regulation, which in turn may contribute to risk taking behaviors, poor control over emotions, impaired thinking skills. Also this pattern of sleeping not just effect mentally (obesity, depression) but also have and physical impact related to safety (car accidents, sports injuries, etc.)

Teens who sleep late may find it difficult to control their emotions

This study was performed through online survey of 20,017 students in 7th class to 12th class at 19 public schools in Fairfax country, Virginia and 54% were in high school with an average of 15 years of age.

The average sleeping time of students was around 7.7 hours on school nights.

Amazingly this study does not prove that daytime sleepiness or a natural tendency to sleep at certain time can directly cause poor self-regulation but on the same hand it is also impossible to rule out the possibility that a poor self-regulation can actually makes it harder for teens to sleep.

So how parents can help teens to have better sleep and develop good sleeping habits?

They can limit the bright lights from TV, smartphones and other devices which emit lights for at-least one hour before they are going to hit the sack. It is because artificial lights suppress melatonin and make it harder to fall asleep.