CHEO - Sleep for Youth  

 

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"Sleep is critical for physical and mental health, but many youth just don’t get enough. Lack of sleep can cause a number of health problems. On the other hand, trouble sleeping can also be a symptom of physical or mental health problems. 

  • Mood problems (like irritability); 
  • Trouble concentrating; 
  • Physical health problems (like getting sick more often); 
  • Hyperactivity. While adults usually feel tired and don’t have much energy when sleep deprived, youth can become hyperactive.

It’s easy to see how these difficulties could have a big impact on school, behaviour, and mental health.

This link from CHEO will take you to a fact sheet to help you make sure your teen is getting a good night’s sleep.  http://www.cheo.on.ca/en/Sleep-Youth