Perchance to dream

ByTRACEY SHIPLEY, JUDITH POSNER
July 31, 2014 13:16

Teens actually need more sleep than the average eight- or nine-year-old.




Teen

Some hard-line experts recommend banishing computers, cellphones, TVs and video games from a teen’s room.. (photo credit:SACRAMENTO BEE/MCT)

‘This generation of teenagers is probably the most sleep-deprived that the world has ever seen, and we don’t know what the repercussions will be,” says pediatrician Judith Owens, director of sleep medicine at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington.

“It’s not just a matter of what happens today or tomorrow, but 10, 20, 30 years down the line. What are we doing to our kids by not really enforcing sleep?” Sleep is a topic relevant to everyone, but is an especially important issue in reference to teenagers.

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