Insufficient sleep is a major health issue in adolescents resulting in poor academic performance, mental health problems, and increased cases of automobile accidents. An intrinsic biological phase delay with the onset of puberty influences sleep timing in this population. Moreover, increased night time use of electronic gadgets, late night socializing, etc. coupled with early school start times (SST) result in sleep-deprived teenagers. Although most of them oversleep during weekends, this hardly compensates for the sleep loss on weekdays. Various studies have shown that insufficient sleep in adolescents is caused not only by the physiological change brought about by puberty but also by various social aspects which influence their sleep. Maintaining sleep hygiene practices along with a delay in SST have shown marked improvement in adolescent sleep health. Sleep medicine practitioners can play a key role in bringing about this change through sleep health education as well as administrative reforms.
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