Walk into any first-period high school classroom and it's obvious: teenagers are exhausted. Sleep deprivation is an epidemic as widespread as obesity and just as damaging. Fortunately, science has answers and Dr. Helene Emsellem has solutions that all parents can use. Affecting the lives of more than 41 million adolescents in the United States alone, sleep deprivation is a chronic problem for kids today. We know this intuitively as we watch teenagers frantically juggle a hectic social calendar with the overwhelming demands of school, work, and chores. School performance around the country is suffering but it's not just grades that are at risk. Sleep deprivation has been found to affect nearly every aspect of a teenager's life, from emotional stability and behavioral issues to physical well-being and the potential for drug and alcohol abuse. For years, we've blamed many of these adolescent characteristics on the natural maturing process or changing hormones. And while chemicals do surge through the body creating strong effects, sleep the right amount and the right kind has now been targeted for its prime importance in overall success and well-being.
Table of Contents
|Introduction: Waking Up to the Need for Sleep||1-6|
|Part I What's Up with Teens? 1 Why Teens Stay Up All Night and Sleep All Day||7-22|
|2 The Real Reason Teens Are Tired, Low Performing, Stressed, Overweight, and Incredibly Hard to Live With||23-46|
|3 Inside Sleep: What It Is, How It Works, Why Teens Need It||47-62|
|4 The Sleep-Learning Link: Why All-Nighters Don't Work||63-76|
|5 Trying to Sleep in a No-Sleep Teen Culture||77-90|
|Part II How to Help Teens Feel and Be Their Best -- 6 Off the Charts: Measuring Teen Sleepiness||91-106|
|7 Tips from Teens: How Parents Can Talk with Their Teens About the Importance of Sleep||107-116|
|8 10 "No-War" Ways to Improve Your Teen's Sleep Habits for Optimum Health, Learning, and Living||117-134|
|9 Getting Off the Night Shift: Resetting Your Teen's Internal Clock||135-150|
|Part III When to Seek Help from Professionals -- 10 What Are Sleep Disorders and How Should They Be Treated?||151-174|
|11 Handling Serious Problems That Can Accompany Lack of Sleep||175-192|
|Part IV Family and Community Support -- 12 Supporting Your Teen||193-208|
|13 Making Changes in Your School and Community||209-222|
|Part V Global Impacts -- 14 Sleep Deprivation Around the World||223-230|
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