Between after school activities, part-time jobs and full time social media there are very few teens getting the suggested 9 hours of sleep a night. The reality is, their body isn't wired for the schedule we put them through.
Dr. Sabin Bista is a sleep specialist at the Nebraska Medical Center. He says teens are wired to stay up late and sleep in, that's their natural pattern, one that we violate every school day. "If you ask a 16 year-old boy or girl to go to bed at 9:00 p.m. that is just not reasonable," said Dr. Bista.
His advice for parents is to "Unplug" your teen at a set time each night. "Taking away their devices will lead to better sleep even if it's not 9 hours each night," said Dr. Bista.
Some school districts around the country have experimented with pushing the start time for high schools back one hour. In Minnesota counselors reported better behavior and fewer absences and tardies. Attendence also improved as did grades slightly in Rhode Island and in Kentucky there was an interesting result outside of the classroom, "What they saw was, in that county, teen driver related motor vehicle accidents were down by 16 point 5 percent while the rest of the state was up 7 point 8 percent."