Research has shown that adolescents should sleep 8-10 hours for optimal judgment, learning, and development.

Reality is 70%of high school students average less than 8 hours per night. Is this important?

JAMA Pediatrics published the results of a study (over 8 years) evaluating high school students sleep duration and behavior. It was a self-reported data gathering study.

Findings noted dramatic difference among those who slept 8 or more hours versus those who slept fewer 6 hours.

Those who slept fewer 6 hours exhibited unsafe behavior included drinking, drug use, aggressive and self-harm behavior. They also were 3 x more likely to consider suicide, attempt suicide, drive aggressively,

smoke, engage in the risky sexual activity. Furthermore, they were more likely to carry a weapon.

Now that you are informed help a teen gets sufficient sleep.