Embracing the School Start Later Movement

Adolescent Sleep Deprivation as a Public Health and Social Justice Problem

Published in: American Journal of Public Health, Volume 108, Number 5 (May 2018), pages 599-600. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2018.304381

Posted on RAND.org on April 27, 2018

by Lauren Hale, Wendy M. Troxel

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Sleep deficiency is a prominent public health problem — especially among adolescents. In a report based on a nationally representative sample published in AJPH in 2015, Paksarian et al. found that only 23% of female and 29% of male adolescents obtained at least eight and a half hours of sleep. Current consensus statements recommend that all adolescents receive between eight and 10 hours of sleep per night for optimal health, performance, and safety of the population.

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