The scenario of the late-night teenager being dragged out of bed in order to go to school is classic. Up until recently, such behavior was blamed on poor sleep hygiene, laziness, and maybe the side effects of hormone imbalances.
Now we know better. Research shows our kids are more likely to become night owls during their teens, and that this is a normal part of growing up.
What’s unfortunate is that some of our teens develop delayed sleep phase syndrome or DSPS, which exaggerates this late rhythm shift. Add other influences like cell phone use, caffeine as self-medication, and the demands of school, sports, and job schedules, and it’s easy to see how our young people have become dangerously sleep deprived.
Read more at Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome (DSPS) and Teenagers