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Sleep Disorders

Updated 04 July 2014

Social ties affect teen sleep patterns

A new study finds that having involved parents and feeling connected to school increase the likelihood that a teen will get sufficient sleep.

Having involved parents and feeling connected to school increase the likelihood that a teen will get sufficient sleep, a new study finds.

Maume analyzed data collected from nearly 1000 young people when they were aged 12 to 15. During these years, the participants' average sleep duration fell from more than nine hours per school night to less than eight hours.

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Dr Alison Bentley is a general practitioner who has consulted in sleep medicine and sleep disorders, in both adults and children of all ages, for almost 30 years. She also researches and publishes on a number of sleep-related topics both in formal research journals and lay publications including as editor of Sleep Matters, an educational newsletter on sleep disorders for doctors.

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