Why Teens Stay Up Late

It is normal for teens to want to stay awake long after their parents go to sleep. Biological clocks shift during puberty, mainly because the brain’s sleep-timing system switches on later at night. Ideally, high schools would shift to later start times to accommodate this natural phenomenon. Schools that start early may have students arriving before they’re fully awake—not the best recipe for learning. Your teen may not be able to control the school start time, but they can control their sleep schedule. We’ll tell you the most common reasons for not getting sleep and what to do about it.

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About Melissa Ford

Melissa Ford is the senior strategist at Women Online. As a writer, she covers a diverse range of topics including education, health, technology, and parenting. She is also the mother of amazing twin teens.

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