Lack of sleep has devastating effects. Now, believe your teenager when he tells you he is tired, it may not be a lie. “Let them sleep,” indignantly told the American Academy of Pediatrics Monday, August 25 in a statement. Several studies have already shown that adolescents who did not sleep enough had mental and physical health problems, were more likely than others to have a car accident and had poorer school results.
However, according to US pediatricians, when classes start at 7:30 or 8:00, this does not help the problem. At this age, difficult to fall asleep before 23h. Why? Puberty among other things causes changes in the biological clock. On average, at this time, teenagers fall asleep two hours later. Thus, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends staggering the beginning of classes at 8:30 at the earliest to “align with the biological rhythms of sleep of adolescents.”
Teenagers tired: they often in “chronic sleep deficit”
According to an article published by the University of Lyon, adolescents have a lighter sleep and find it difficult to fall asleep because of a new social rhythm (late releases etc …). The researchers found “a reduction in nighttime sleep that will reach nearly 2 hours between 12 and 20 years.” Problem, the physiological needs in sleep do not diminish. Adolescents are thus in “chronic sleep deficiency” and catch up with it as soon as they can by lengthening their mornings of sleep.
Tired Teen: According to pediatrician Judith Owens, author of a study on the topic cited by the American Academy of Pediatrics, “research has clearly shown that adolescents who sleep enough are less likely to suffer from obesity, depression or to have a car accident (Ed. in the United States, the driving license is accessible from 16 years), have better notes and a better quality of life “.
As recalled Le Figaro, everything can not be set by delaying the start of classes. Most of the teenagers go to bed too late. According to INPES, in France, 30% of 15-19 year olds are in sleep deficit and at 15 years old, 25% of teenagers sleep less than seven hours per night. The fault according to the French Institute of multiple screens that parasitize the sleep of our youth.