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U.S. Teens Falling Short on Sleep

Survey: 4 out of 5 Adolescents Don't Get the Optimal Amount of Sleep

Foundation's Advice

A National Sleep Foundation news release includes these sleep-friendly tips for adolescents:

  • Go to bed and get up at consistent times, even on weekends.
  • Get at least nine hours of sleep nightly.
  • Have a relaxing routine before bed, such as reading for fun or taking a warm bath or shower.
  • Keep the bedroom comfortable, dark, and quiet.
  • Get into bright light as soon as possible in the morning.
  • Avoid bright light in the evening.
  • Keep TVs and other distractions out of the bedroom.
  • Limit TV and other distractions before bedtime.
  • Avoid caffeine after lunch.

Parents can also help by serving as role models for good sleep habits, says the National Sleep Foundation. Funding for the National Sleep Foundation comes from sources such as foundations, federal agencies, and corporations including pharmaceutical companies.

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