Stephen Sheldon
#379 VIDEO


Pediatricians recognize insufficient sleep as an important public health issue that can significantly affect academic success. Many schools begin prior to 08:00 requiring vulnerable adolescents to wake early. Academic, social, screen-time, and extracurricular over scheduling cause insufficient sleep. Problem sleepiness for teens can result in poor school performance, illness, absenteeism, mood disorders, motor vehicle accidents, and inappropriate stimulant use.

Learning Outcomes:

1) Describe the biology of circadian rhythms in adolescents.
2) Discuss the consequences of sleepiness due to early school start times.
3) Describe the factors associated with increased sleepiness during adolescence.