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How much sleep should a teenager be getting at night?
The amount of sleep children need is going to change dramatically as they grow older. Up to the age of three months, infants sleep anywhere from ten to eighteen hours a day with no real sleep schedule (something their bleary-eyed parents know all too well). As they move through the toddler phase, their sleep schedule is more predictable though they still need about eleven to fourteen hours of sleep each night. By the time they reach school age, nine to eleven hours of sleep at night is usually needed to keep children mentally active during the day.
And then adolescence kicks in...
According to a new review article published in the journal Translational Issues in Psychological Science, it is during adolescence that many of the problems associated with sleep loss become more serious. Written by Natalie B. Bryant and Rebecca L. Gomez of the University of Arizona, the article outlines much of the research looking at the different consequences of sleep loss in adolescents and why parents need to take this more seriously.
To read more, check out my new Psychology Today blog post.
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