Parents aren’t powerless when it comes to sleep-deprived teenagers

Researchers at the University of Rochester have found that a simple and timeworn solution yields solid results: a clear bedtime that parents should consistently adhere to. The researchers said that greater enforcement of parent-set bedtimes for teenagers aged 14-to-17 are associated with longer sleep duration and even though adolescents start gaining self-sufficiency and independence, they still need sleep and might not prioritize that if left to their own devices. Also, it’s inherently more difficult for teenagers to fall asleep earlier than later because of their circadian rhythm. The ideal is to feel well rested during the daytime, and spontaneously awaken at around your scheduled wake-up time even when allowed to sleep in. University of Rochester is a NYSERNet member. Read more here: