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.