Snooze... or Lose!: 10 "No-War" Ways to Improve Your Teen's Sleep Habits

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Walk into any first-period high school classroom and it&#39s 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 ...
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Overview

Walk into any first-period high school classroom and it&#39s 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&#39s not just grades that are at risk. Sleep deprivation has been found to affect nearly every aspect of a teenager&#39s life, from emotional stability and behavioral issues to physical well-being and the potential for drug and alcohol abuse. For years, we&#39ve 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.
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Many American teenagers aren't getting enough sleep. Sleep deprivation may contribute to many behaviors otherwise ascribed to teenage "growing pains," such as moodiness, inattention in class, and abuse of alcohol and mood-altering drugs. In Snooze, Emsellem (medical director, Ctr. for Sleep and Wake Disorders, MD) reviews the scientific evidence regarding sleep, provides several methods to evaluate sleep deprivation, and offers several practical suggestions to help teenagers take up more healthful sleep habits, from changing their daily routines to lobbying for later school start times. There are several similar books on the market addressing this issue, but Emsellem's book differs from its closest competitors by emphasizing practical methods to improve teens' sleep habits, relying in part on input from the author's teenage daughter and her daughter's friends.-Sarah Boslaugh, Washington Univ. Sch. of Medicine, St. Louis Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780309101899
  • Publisher: National Academies Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2006
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 650,465
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : waking up to the need for sleep 1
1 Why teens stay up all night and sleep all day 9
2 The real reason teens are tired, low performing, stressed, overweight, and incredibly hard to live with 23
3 Inside sleep : what it is, how it works, why teens need it 47
4 The sleep-learning link : why all-nighters don't work 63
5 Trying to sleep in a no-sleep teen culture 77
6 Off the charts : measuring teen sleepiness 93
7 Tips from teens : how parents can talk with their teens about the importance of sleep 107
8 10 "no-war" ways to improve your teen's sleep habits for optimum health, learning, and living 117
9 Getting off the night shift : resetting your teen's internal clock 135
10 What are sleep disorders and how should they be treated? 153
11 Handling serious problems that can accompany lack of sleep 175
12 Supporting your teen 195
13 Making changes in your school and community 209
14 Sleep deprivation around the world 225
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