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

July 31, 2014 12:42

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. Teens are still in a period of rapid growth, which can produce fatigue; they are increasingly falling asleep in class, at risk for driving accidents and affected in numerous negative ways due to sleep deficiency.


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