What some parents and students do not realize, the expert explains, is that certainly during the day, they're gathering information. "But they're really not learning it till they sleep on it", said Emsellem.
This explains why most high school students are chronically tired. As for now, a typical high school senior sleeps an average of seven hours, when what a student needs is 9 1/4 hours sleep.
Next time you see a student falling asleep in your class, don't blame them. Blame their home. Parents are responsible to ensure their sons go to sleep on time. No caffeine for them and less light at the time to sleep. Short naps lasting 20-30 minutes work as well, during the school week.
But do not postpone sleep time to the weekend. A teenager typical habit on the weekend creates even more chaos in their sleep-wake cycle:
"Even if you catch up by sleeping in late on your weekend mornings,...by doing so, it makes it harder for you to fall asleep by 10 or 10:30 on Sunday night. And you start all over again, sleep restricted."
As parent you can verify now, why your teen wakes up tired, grouchy, irritable. He/she simply is so exhausted!
If you want to receive my future posts regularly for FREE, please subscribe in a reader or by e-mail. Follow me on Twitter. For other concerns, Contact Me at anytime.