Math Mastery: Teens, Sleep And School
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Sleep is a very important part of everyone lives, we all need it. Recent research has showed that
many teens do not get the important rest and recuperation that they need at nights.
The average teenager needs eight to nine hours of sleep every night. Many experts believe this is a
large part to blame and silly adolescent distractions, and the early high school starting times.
This article will talk about this problem, and many possible solutions to the ongoing problem of
lack of sleep in teenagers.
A study conducted by the university of Drexel has shown that teenagers between the ages of 12 and 18 that "20
percent of those studied got the recommended eight or more hours of sleep during school nights with the rest
getting less than eight hours."
That is an alarming number, only 20% of our kids are getting the recommended amount of sleep each
night. The average teenage will need at least 8 hours of a sleep a night to perform their duties at school.
Another study conducted by a sleep research team in Rhode Island has found that around 85% of kids were extremely
sleep deprived, at the chronic level.
Many of these kids were getting a total of 10-15 hours of sleep less than they should. And twenty
six percent of these teenagers got less than 6 hours of sleep per night. Kids are getting less and less sleep every
night, and this is alarming parents, teachers, and educators everywhere.
So what is stopping teenagers from getting their sleep every night? Many things can cause people to stay up late at
night, but there are a few things that are relevant to teenagers.
These things include their social life, caffeinated drinks, electronic media such as computers, TVs
and cell phones. Homework can also lead to sleep deprivation, as well as teenagers who are working more than 10 or
15 hours a week, as well as going to school.
This stress can cause teenagers to stay up at night. Some experts at Oxford have stated "students
perform better in the afternoon, because their body clock is programmed about two hours later, possibly for
One thing you can do to improve you teens sleep time is impose an earlier bedtime. They may not like this but this
will help them get more sleep, and be rested for school the next day.
Parents can also encourage a short nap after school, for about 30 minutes so their teens can get
some rest. Also, try to avoid fighting and arguing with your teenager, as this can cause them to get worked up, and
it might be hard for them to fall asleep afterwards.
Try to let your teenager get some extra sleep on the weekends, but no more than 2-3 hours extra as
it can disrupt the internal body clock.
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