Sleep studies have found that most adolescents do not sleep enough. As stated by the National Sleep Foundation, 45% of teenagers sleep less than eight hours a night and up to 69% of high schoolers sleep less than seven hours. This lack of adequate sleep can result in teenagers becoming sleep deprived, which can also negatively affect their physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
Some signs a teenager is not sleeping enough include them arguing with friends and family, feeling tired, needing an energy drink to stay awake, making bad decisions, or having a hard time focusing. Insufficient sleep may result in poor grades in school and cause students to become irritable, forgetful, stressed, or unmotivated. Sleep deprivation can also be a contributing factor to mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and substance abuse.
Many teenagers prioritize other areas of their life over sleep. Here are a few reasons teenagers do not give their body the amount of sleep it needs:
Homework: Many teenagers come home from school and have to deal with homework, projects, and studying. Stanford University found that 56% of students find homework to be very stressful, which can result in loss of sleep. While it is important for students to complete their work, they often sacrifice sleep to make sure they submit their assignments on time. Homework can also lead students to rush through an assignment, rather than learning from it and retaining the information.