Sleep and Teens – Teens are so full of potential, so full of life, so…sleepy. Research shows that most teens do not get the sleep that they need
on a daily basis. Each person has their own need for sleep. This need may vary from one person to another. Teens are at an important stage of their growth and development. Because of this, they need more sleep than adults. The average teen needs about nine hours of sleep each night to feel alert and well rested.
There are many factors that keep teens from getting enough sleep. Causes for their lack of sleep include the following:
- Rapidly changing bodies
- Busy schedules
- Active social lives
- A wrong view of sleep
Teen sleep problems can begin long before they turn 13. The sleep habits and changing bodies of 10 to 12-year-olds have a close link to the teen years. The sleep patterns of teens are also firmly set in their lives. It is not easy for them to change the way they sleep. Thus teen sleep problems can continue well into their years as adults. For these reasons, the information found here may apply to anyone from 10 to 25 years of age.