When an insurance company starts creating brochures about the problem of teen sleep deprivation, you know the issue really has traction. Geico writes:
Two critical factors* collide when teens are in their early driving years:
- they need nearly 9.5 hours of sleep every night to accommodate an upswing in growth and hormone development, and
- they get far less sleep than they need – an average of 7.4 hours a night and considerably less for many.
Making the problem worse, teens’ biological clocks are set so that they tend to fall asleep later at night and wake up later in the morning, a schedule which is impossible to follow due to early morning school starts for most teens. Parents with teen drivers should observe their teen’s sleep habits and work on getting their teens more sleep.