Teenagers around New York are adjusting to a shock to their system with the return to school and early wake up calls.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 78% of high school students don't get enough sleep on an average school night.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends teens get between eight and 10 hours of sleep a night.
They are also recommending schools not begin classes until at least 8:30 a.m., because teens are naturally programmed to be more alert later in the morning.
For families looking for help, the group recently produced a video to help sleep-deprived teens get a better night's rest.
Here is some of the AASM’s tips:
- Daily physical activity
- No caffeine after school
- Limiting after school naps to just 30 minutes,
- Having meals around the same time every day
- Keeping indoor lights dim at night
- Putting electronics away 30 minutes before bedtime
- Giving yourself extra time to relax before bed
- Setting a bedtime that ensures at least eight hours of sleep