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Sleepiness Part 2

Thu, Sep 24, 2009

Sleep DisordersSleepiness II

Sleepiness and Adolescents 

  • Majority of high school and college students have sleepiness problems such as:
    • difficulty getting up from night sleep in the mnorning
    • falling asleep at school
    • maintaining awake state while doing homework
  • As a person goes through adolescence the need for sleep may be 9 hours or more a night
  • Many teens begin to show a preference for a later bed time, which may be due to a information age, Internet, etc.
  • Teens need to stay up later and get up early, getting much less sleep than they require
  • Most common causes to problem sleepiness are not getting enough sleep, as well as irregular sleep schedules 
  • Other factors related to adolescent sleep include:
    • social activities with peers that lead to later bedtimes
    • homework to be prepared for the next morning 
    • early wake-up times due to early school activities prior to the beginning of classes
    • parents are less involved in enforcing teens bedtime
    • irregular employment, sports and social activities, and other
    • increasng extracurricular activities that decrease the time needed for sleep
  • Teens and young adults who do not get enough sleep are at risk for problems such as:
    • automobile and bycicle accidents 
    • poor performance in school and poor grades avearages
    • bad moods, depression and stress 
    • problems with peer and adult relationships.

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