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Sleep during adolescence




Eventhough adolescents need just as much sleep as younger children, sleep times decrease over the course of development, leaving a number of teens chronically sleep-deprived. Studies have consistently indicated that insufficient sleep can have a negative effect on a number of aspects of adolescents' lives, leading to mood disturbances, poorer physical health, and academic difficulties. But few studies have examined how sleep affects the ways adolescents function on a daily basis or how the effects of sleep change over time.



Sleep during adolescence

The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) will host a symposium during its Biennial Meeting at which scientists will consider the effects of sleep on adolescents. All of the papers that will be presented look at day-to-day variation in adolescents' sleep by using daily diaries, and consider how sleep patterns are related not only to concurrent well-being but also to outcomes later in development.

Among the questions that will be addressed:
  • How do nightly variations in teenagers' sleep affect their experiences the following day? In turn, do daily experiences one day affect sleep the next night?
  • What are the delayed effects of sleep (or lack of sleep)? For example, does insufficient sleep in one year lead to problems in later years?
  • Does sleep affect such important outcomes as how well teens do in school, their emotions, physiological markers of stress, or symptoms of depression and anxiety differently as adolescents grow older?



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Eventhough adolescents need just as much sleep as younger children, sleep times decrease over the course of development, leaving a number of teens chronically sleep-deprived. Studies have consistently indicated that insufficient sleep can have a negative effect on a number of aspects of adolescents' lives, leading to mood disturbances, poorer physical health, and academic difficulties. But few studies have examined how sleep affects the ways adolescents function on a daily basis or how the effects of sleep change over time.

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