Sleep Deprivation Impacts School Performance

September 3, 2009

Research has shown that adolescents have a natural biological tendency to stay up late at night and wake up later in the morning. When the early morning school bells begin ringing again in the fall, many teenagers become sleep deprived.

Recent studies by the National Sleep Foundation found that 60 percent of children under age 18 are tired during the school day and 15 percent have fallen asleep during school. Children at all grade levels should make sleep a priority and get to bed at a time that allows at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Teens who get more sleep are likely to have less tardies, reduced absenteeism, better grades and a reduced risk of obesity.

actionFor more information, call the Floyd Memorial Sleep Disorders Center today at 812-949-5550.