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Date:12/1/2007

k of disease and poor academic performance, added Dr. Perez-Chada.

Experts recommend that teens get about nine hours of sleep each night.

The following tips are provided by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) to help teens get the most out of their sleep. Parents should be aware of these guidelines and should use them to help their teen develop healthy sleep habits:

  • Try to get close to nine hours of sleep each night. Get enough sleep so that you wake up refreshed and alert for the day.
  • Try to wind down and relax before bedtime. Avoid intense studying, arguing and exercising. Stop playing video or computer games and enjoy some quiet time before bed.
  • Avoid bright lights in the evening. Darkness lets your body know its time to sleep.
  • Try to get bright light in the morning. This helps reset your clock for the next night. Turn on bright lights and open your blinds when you get up. Getting exercise in the morning also may help.
  • Try to catch up on any lost sleep when you can. Naps can be helpful to catch up with lost sleep, but dont nap in the evening. Sleeping later on weekends can help catch up with lost sleep. But do not sleep later than two to three hours past your normal weekday wake up time, especially on Sunday mornings.
  • Avoid stimulants such as caffeine and nicotine in the afternoon and evening. Caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol can disturb your sleep. Do not drink alcohol. The combined effects of sleepiness with alcohol are very dangerous.
  • Do not drive if you are sleepy. Driving sleepy can be as dangerous as driving drunk.


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Contact: Jim Arcuri
jarcuri@aasmnet.org
708-492-0930
American Academy of Sleep Medicine
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