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What sleep issues do teens face?

Teens have their own set of sleep issues that are distinct from adults.

Teens need more sleep: Teens generally need at least nine hours of sleep per night. Unfortunately, most of them don’t get it.

Their sleep is more likely to be disrupted: Biological changes associated with puberty make it harder for teens to fall asleep and stay asleep. Their lifestyles—increasing academic and social pressure, late nights up and sleep-in Saturday mornings, also can make it harder for teenagers to fall asleep on a regular schedule.

Their internal clocks are different: Those biological changes that come with puberty also shift adolescents’ natural inclinations to stay up late and to sleep late. Their school schedules are at odds with this biological tendency, which leaves teens at risk for sleep deprivation.

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