Just How Bad Are All-Nighters for Your Teen?

Lack of Sleep

Scientific American revealed in a 2014 study that 40% of high schools in America start classes before 8 A.M. and only 15% start later in the day. What if your teen doesn’t get enough sleep, studying or working on projects all night?

Sleep deprivation is a common problem that does more than decrease alertness and academic performance.

How can lack of sleep be life-threatening?

Teenagers are supposed to get eight to 10 hours of sleep each day, but only 15% claim to get eight and a half hours of sleep during school nights. Experts worry that this may eventually lead to chronic sleep deprivation. Experts believe that schools shouldn’t start until 10 A.M. or later. A neuroscientist from the UK even points out that circadian rhythms shift during puberty and that this may continue throughout an individual’s time in university.

Sleep deprivation has various consequences, from obesity and heart problems to risky behavior and suicidal thoughts. In America, many reports of motor vehicle accidents are linked to insufficient sleep, accounting for 73% of deaths in teenagers.

Dr. Lawrence Epstein, an instructor at Harvard Medical School and Medical Director of Sleep Health Centers shares that there is a huge connection between lack of sleep and psychological issues. Chronic insomnia, a reliable predictor of psychiatric disorders, increases the risk of developing anxiety or depression.

Can picking the right mattress solve this problem?

One way you can alleviate insomnia is by having a comfortable bed. Focus on comfort, and you’ll have a better chance of sleeping well. But everyone’s sleep needs are different. As The Mattress Department puts it, there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all bed.

Your mattress is one of the most important purchases you will make. After all, you will be spending six to eight hours on it every day for five to seven years, which is the recommended period for replacement. Sleep deprivation is a pressing issue for everyone, especially for teens. Make sure your kids get enough rest so they can power through the day. Not only will your teens stay alert and perform better in school, but they’ll also feel less fatigued and irritated.