11 Alarming Facts About Teen Sleep


The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends teenagers get 8 to 10 hrs of sleep

7 out of 10 high school students don’t get the recommended amount

Research shows sleep is now a problem for teens worldwide

87% of US high school students get far less than the recommended 8 to 10 hrs

73% get between 7 and 7.5 hrs

When surveyed, more than a third of teens said stress caused them to lie awake at night in the past month

After a bad night’s sleep, 53% of teens report feeling sluggish or lazy

Others may drift off in class

Up to 24% of teens report their grades have dropped because of sleepiness

Those who averaged 8.1 hrs scored mostly As while those averaging 7.3 hrs scored mostly Cs

Teens with variable bedtimes had a higher chance of receiving a D or lower

Sleep-deprived teenagers are more prone to health issues

When surveyed, 56% of sleep-deprived teens said that they felt stressed out and anxious

Teens who sleep fewer than 8 hrs are more likely to experience stress and more likely to feel:

Each hour of lost sleep is associated with a 38% increased risk of feeling sad or hopeless

Teens who experience poor sleep more likely to experience poor mental health later in life

Sleep-deprived teens are more likely to use nicotine or stimulants to get through the day

Teens who don’t get adequate sleep are more likely to do risky things like reckless driving or unprotected sex

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