Compared to 2009, teens in 2015 were 16%–17% more likely to report sleeping less than 7 hours a night on most nights. Sleep experts agree that teens need around nine hours of sleep a night, but by 2015, 43 percent of teens reported sleeping less than seven hours a night on most nights – meaning almost half of U.S. teens are significantly sleep-deprived.
One contributing factor may be the use of technology before bed and during the night (a practice called vamping). Should bedrooms be a no-phone zone for teens (and maybe the rest of us, too)? This article offers some conversation starters and practical suggestions for teens and their families.