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Sleep and DevelopmentFamilial and Socio-Cultural Considerations$
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Mona El-Sheikh

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195395754

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395754.001.0001

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Young Adolescents Struggles with Insufficient Sleep

Young Adolescents Struggles with Insufficient Sleep

(p.265) 12 Young Adolescents Struggles with Insufficient Sleep
Sleep and Development

Amy R. Wolfson

and Melissa Richards

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the myriad of factors that influence developmental changes in sleep timing and quantity for ten to fifteen-year-old, early adolescents. It begins by outlining how sleep duration, patterns, and circadian timing change over the course of early adolescence. Second, it presents data indicating that early adolescents today have insufficient and erratic sleep–wake patterns. Third, it discusses the collection of factors present in adolescents' microenvironment that challenge young adolescents' sleep, including school start times, television and computer use, and caffeine consumption. Finally, the chapter proposes some of the significant consequences, such as academic difficulties and struggles with depressed mood, that arise when sleep is compromised over the early adolescent years and offer recommendations for improvements.

Keywords:   sleep timing, sleep quality, adolescents' sleep, sleeping problems, sleep–wake patterns, academic difficulties

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