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.
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.