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The Second Mouse: Some Thoughts on Teen Sleep

Posted by Suzanne Condron, M.D. on Mar 7, 2015 12:00:00 PM

What is it about teenagers and sleep?  Back in August, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a policy statement declaring adolescent sleep deprivation a public health issue. It urged high schools and middle schools to start the day no earlier than 8:30 a.m. so that teens could catch more zzzs.  The recommendation made a splash in the media … and probably any household with a teenager.  Parents routinely bring their adolescents into my office with concerns about anemia, mono, thyroid problems or worse – because the kids are so tired all the time.  I generally start by asking the patient to talk me through his or her day.  Sometimes just hearing the answers is exhausting.
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Topics: teen sleep, pineal gland, media curfew, early bird, melatonin, teenager sleep

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