It’s a common running joke in many households that the teenagers of the family tend to sleep a lot more than most. Lying in hours after everyone else is up and sometimes spending entire days in bed are not unheard of among the parents of adolescents. However, what if we were to tell you that teenagers on average sleep less than they ever have before, and the majority of them should be getting even more sleep in order to be healthier?
It all stems from the negative side effects of sleep deprivation, which can be particularly noticeable in teens. Obesity and cardiovascular problems have been linked to lack of sleep, plus tiredness makes it difficult to concentrate which increases the risk of accidents and affects performance at school, which can lead to serious consequences for your kids’ future education. Mood swings are also made more extreme by lack of sleep. Continue Reading