If you are the parent of a teenager.
chances are you've had to drag them out of bed so
they wouldn't be late for school.
And now a major medical group is calling the chronic
sleepiness of teens a public health issue.
and it's recommending schools push back their start
News 8's Keely Arthur joins us now to explain...
A report from the American Academy of Pediatrics says
that a teens natural sleep cycle makes it difficult
for them to fall asleep before eleven at night .
To prevent sleep deprevation.
A-P-P is now recommending that all middle school and
high schools start at in the morning or later.
When teenagers hit the sack late at night.
and then don't roll out of bed until later the next
day NAT .
it may have more to do with biology than self discipline.
Ivy Andersen, Sleep Medicine at Gundersen
when we hit our teenage years, puberty, then our
circadian rhythm tends to switch and so we tend to
want later bed times and that's just our natural rhythm
or bodies tend to go to sleep later and then wake
The american acadamy of pediatricians says nearly
90 percent of high school students get fewer than
8 and half hours of sleep...a pattern that can lead
to a number of issues.
Andersen poor concentration, poor attention span,
and some of it is mood changes
Andersen it can lead to drowseyness and that can
be a big issue in teenagers because they're driving