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If your student is irritable, lacking focus, having difficulty remembering things and is acting out more than usual, they may be tired. The effects of sleep deprivation can be seen almost instantly. Teenagers need between 8 and 10 hours of sleep each night to aid in healthy development and daily functioning. In reality, a staggering number of teenagers are getting less than 7 hours of sleep each night.
Research suggests that impairment caused by lack of sleep is consistent with impairment caused by drinking alcohol. Not only does sleep deprivation affect immediate wellbeing but there are also links to long term health issues such as heart problems and depression. To be sure that your student is getting enough sleep, get them into a consistent bedtime routine and limit their technology use before bed. Blue light from TVs, computers and phones will keep teens from getting their crucial rest.