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Why more schools are letting their students sleep in

from The Huffington Post

It can be downright Sisyphean to get a teenager out of bed. Just like adults, they're often significantly sleep-deprived — and the first period bell is doing them no favors. Adolescents have been steadily logging fewer hours of sleep over the last 20 years, according to a recent study. Surveys from the early 1990s found that 52 percent of 15-year-olds and 36 percent of 18- year-olds got at least seven hours of shut-eye a night, LiveScience reports. For teens in 2011 to 2012, those numbers dropped to 43 and 33 percent, respectively. The National Sleep Foundation currently recommends that teens age 14 to 17 need eight to 10 hours a night, while and 18- and 19-year-olds should aim for seven to nine. more

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