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Young Adolescents Struggles with Insufficient Sleep

Amy R. Wolfson and and Melissa Richards

in Sleep and Development

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780195395754
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894468 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395754.003.0012
Young Adolescents Struggles with Insufficient Sleep

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This chapter discusses the myriad of factors that influence developmental changes in sleep timing and quantity for ten to fifteen-year-old, early adolescents. It begins by outlining how sleep duration, patterns, and circadian timing change over the course of early adolescence. Second, it presents data indicating that early adolescents today have insufficient and erratic sleep–wake patterns. Third, it discusses the collection of factors present in adolescents' microenvironment that challenge young adolescents' sleep, including school start times, television and computer use, and caffeine consumption. Finally, the chapter proposes some of the significant consequences, such as academic difficulties and struggles with depressed mood, that arise when sleep is compromised over the early adolescent years and offer recommendations for improvements.

Keywords: sleep timing; sleep quality; adolescents' sleep; sleeping problems; sleep–wake patterns; academic difficulties

Chapter.  12808 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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