Is Your Teen Getting Enough Sleep?

National Jewish Health sleep expert Lisa Meltzer, MD, explains why 45 percent of teens don’t get enough sleep for physiological reasons.



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45 percent of teens don’t get enough sleep.

Melatonin helps regulate sleep.

Our experts found that for teens, melatonin production shifts by 2 hours.

This causes teens to fall asleep later, and not get the 9 hours of rest they need before school.

It’s not just that they don’t want to or that they have a lot of activities or Facebook or homework time, which they do as well, but they physiologically can’t fall asleep earlier anymore.

Research is leading to changes in school start times across the country.

Talk to your doctor if your teen isn’t getting enough sleep.


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