Study: Majority Of Teens Don’t Get Enough Sleep

Fred Bodimer

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — Is your teen getting enough sleep at night?

Seventy percent of high school students don’t get enough sleep according to the Centers for Disease Control. The CDC’s Dr. Leela McKnight says the lack of sleep has major consequences like, chronic diseases, drowsy driving, drinking alcohol, becoming sexually active and even committing suicide.

McKnight says most teens get less than 7 hours of sleep a night, and about six percent say they get only 4 hours.

How much sleep do you need?

An infant:
-Birth–2 months need 12–18 hours
-11 months need 14–15 hours

A toddler:
-1–3 years need 12–14 hours
-3–5 years old need 11–13 hours
-5–10 years old need 10–11 hours

A teen:
-10-17 years need 8.5–9.5 hours

An Adult:
-need 7–9 hours

 

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