Drowsy Teens Drop Off In Class, Study Says
— reported by Click2Houston.com
They drive drowsy, oversleep and doze off in class: Many of America’s adolescents are going through life sleep-deprived.
Only 20 percent get the recommended nine hours of shuteye on school nights and more than one in four report sleeping in class, according to a poll by the National Sleep Foundation released Tuesday.
School-aged children and teens need at least 9 hours of sleep a day, according to the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research at the National Institutes of Health.
But the Sleep Foundation’s poll found that sixth-graders were sleeping an average of 8.4 hours on school nights, while 12th- graders sleep just 6.9 hours, two hours less than recommended.