The family had settled down for the night to watch some television and relax. The two teenage siblings quickly opened their Instagram and Snapchat apps and started getting caught up on what was happening with their friends. After an hour or so, the teens wrapped up and headed to their rooms to complete the last bit of homework and studying they needed for the following day.
This was a typical night for the family and the teens’ parents felt it was a good routine the family had gotten into. However, a problem was slowly developing as both teens were only getting about six hours of sleep per night. This is roughly a couple of hours less that what is recommended for teens. Typically, children who are 11 to 13 years old should get 9-11 hours of sleep per night while adolescents who are 14 to 17 years old should get 8-10 hours.
The subtle cost of this type of sleep deprivation shows up in teens as they become sleepy during the day, see a decline in their grades, and a decrease in their overall daytime functioning. There are a number of reasons why teens are not getting enough sleep.