Teenage Sleep Patterns
Getting enough sleep and rest is important during the teen years. Teens need more sleep than younger children because rapid physical growth and activity during the teen years can cause fatigue. Many teenagers sleep late whenever possible and often have problems getting up in the morning.
Teenagers' biological clocks change during puberty. Typically, adolescents and teens fall asleep at a later hour at night and tend to sleep later in the morning. This pattern can present problems because school schedules often require that teens get up early for classes. Some teens may develop sleep deprivation, which can result in:
Teenagers need about 10 hours of sleep each night. If your teen is showing signs of not getting enough sleep, you can:
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