Alex Dimitriu. The teenage years are a formative period. The brain and body experience significant development, and the transition to adulthood brings important changes that affect emotions, personality, social and family life, and academics. Sleep is essential during this time, working behind the scenes to allow teens to be at their best. Unfortunately, research indicates that many teens get far less sleep than they need.
Teenagers and sleep
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Sleep research suggests that a teenager needs between eight and 10 hours of sleep every night. This is more than the amount a child or an adult needs. Yet most adolescents only get about 6. Regularly not getting enough sleep leads to chronic sleep deprivation. It can also affect academic performance at school. The developing brain of a teenager needs between eight and 10 hours of sleep every night. The effects of chronic ongoing sleep deprivation may include:.
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So why are people still lighting up? The answer, in a word, is addiction. Smoking is a hard habit to break because tobacco contains the very addictive chemical nicotine.
Sleep loss or disturbed sleep can heighten the risk for adolescents to take up smoking and drinking, two habits that may prove to be detrimental to their health, according to recent research. The study, conducted by Xianchen Liu, MD, PhD, of the University of Pittsburgh, was based a questionnaire survey among 1, adolescents, with an average age of The self-administered questionnaire collected data on sleep patterns, sleep problems, smoking and drinking behavior, behavioral and emotional problems, life stress, and demographic characteristics of the adolescent and family. The results showed that sleeping less than eight hours at night, frequent nightmares and difficulty initiating sleep were significantly associated with drinking.