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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