- Children who had TV's in their rooms slept less.
- Children who drank caffeinated drinks averaged 3.5 fewer hours of sleep per week.
Children who get inadequate sleep are more likely to exhibit a variety of emotional and behavioral problems, such as:
- concentrating and focusing
- problems learning
These children may be misdiagnosed by professionals who misinterpret these problems as manifestations of an attention-deficit or adjustment disorder rather than a sleep disturbance. This seems to be about right, based on my experiences in middle and high school. The press release indicates that most teens are living in a sleep-deprived state; their "moodiness" is simply a manifestation of a lack of sleep.
The press release indicates some tips for a good night's sleep:
-- Develop a regular bedtime routine.
-- Talk with your child about the importance of sleep, and be a good role model.
-- Make sure your child gets regular exercise.
-- Talk with your doctor if your child has any sleep problems such as snoring, heavy breathing, night terrors, etc.
-- Limit sleepovers, as it is typically a time when children get very little sleep.
-- Consume drinks or foods with caffeine.
-- Allow teens to use medication as a solution to sleep problems.
-- Schedule too many weekend activities. Use the time to rest and get caught up on needed sleep.
-- Let your teen drive when tired.
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