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Adolescents need to sleep late: myth. Time of day unimportant.

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The fact is that adolescents, like infants and toddlers, require a lot of sleep compared to adults and younger kids because of the high rate of neurological change at that age. The time of day of the sleep is unimportant: An adolescent can go to bed around 8:00 p.m. and easily get up at 8:00 a.m. for a productive day—or s/he can stay up until 11:00 p.m. and sleep until 11:00 a.m.

School activities (e.g., basketball games) often start late, but that is for the benefit of parents rather than students—probably work much better all around if on those game evenings the students stayed home and slept and the parents played basketball: better for all.

Older adults, I can testify from direct experience, needmuch less sleep.

I had always assumed that adolescents needed to sleep late, but that was due to my incomplete understanding. A better understanding is that adolescents should schedule things to allow for 11-12 hours of sleep out of each 24.

Written by LeisureGuy

11 March 2012 at 11:06 am

Posted in Daily life

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