Park Ridge, IL (PRWEB) March 31, 2006
Only 20% of teens get the recommended 9 hours of shuteye on school nights and more than 1 in 4 report sleeping in class, according to a recent poll by the National Sleep Foundation. School-aged children and teens need at least 9 hours of sleep a day, according to the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research at the National Institutes of Health. But the Sleep Foundation's poll found that sixth-graders were sleeping an average of 8.4 hours on school nights, while 12th- graders sleep just 6.9 hours, two hours less than recommended. neaclear, a physician-strength skin care company touted by many as the ultimate anti-aging regimen, wants to give teens some simple, healthy advice -- go to sleep.
In the competition between the natural tendency to stay up late and early school start times, a teen's sleep is what loses out. Sleep serves not only a restorative function for adolescents' bodies and brains, but it is also a key time when they process what they've learned during the day.
“Without enough sleep, a person has trouble focusing and responding quickly,” says Dr. Sam Speron, surgeon and consumer advocate. “There is also growing evidence linking a chronic lack of sleep with an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and infections. Since neaclear's mission is to make the world a better place for everyone, they are urging all teens to go to sleep.”
The Sleep Foundation poll interviewed 1,602 adult caregivers and their children aged 11 to 17. Among the findings:
- Some 28 percent of high school students said they fell asleep in class at least once a week. In addition, 22 percent dozed off doing homework and 14 percent arrive late or miss school because they oversleep.
- More than half of adolescent drivers -- 51 percent -- have driven while drowsy in the past year.
- Eighty percent of students who get the recommended amount of sleep are achieving As and Bs in school, while those who get less sleep are more likely to get lower grades.
- More than one-quarter -- 28 percent -- of adolescents say they're too tired to exercise.
- Just 20 percent said they get nine hours of sleep on school nights and 45 percent reported sleeping less than eight hours.
- Nearly all youngsters -- 97 percent -- have at least one electronic item in their bedroom, such as a television, computer, phone or music device. Adolescents with four or more such items in their bedrooms are much more likely than their peers to get an insufficient amount of sleep at night. They are also almost twice as likely to fall asleep in school and while doing homework, the Foundation reported.
According to the NIH, sleep needs vary from person to person and change throughout life. For example, newborns sleep 16 to 18 hours a day, children in preschool sleep 10 to 12 hours a day and school-aged children and teens need at least 9 hours of sleep a day. Adults, including seniors, need 7 to 8 hours of sleep each day.
neaclear liquid oxygen skin care products are the latest craze in the medical and skin care communities. The media has consistently branded the neaclear skin care line “the ultimate anti-aging regimen.” Among the biggest supporters are some of the biggest names in plastic surgery and dermatology. Simply put, neaclear’s mission is to make the world a better place for everyone.
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