Are you children getting enough sleep? CDC has some new statistics

Feb 09, 2018
Is your teen getting enough sleep every day? American-Statesman Staff

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed data from the 2015 national and state Youth Risk Behavior Surveys and looked at how much sleep students were getting.

What they found:

Why is sleep important? The CDC points to the increased risk of these diseases:

How much sleep to kids need? The American Academy of Sleep Medicine offers this guideline:

The academy also has a really cool sleep calculator. You put in your age and the time you get up and it tells you when you have to go to sleep. It told me I need to go to sleep before 10 (and then I laughed). My 14-year-old needs to go to bed between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., my 17-year-old needs to be asleep between 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. And my poor husband should be asleep by 9 p.m.

The CDC recommends these sleep tips: