According to Harvard Medical School, most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep daily on average in order to experience optimal health and performance. Unfortunately, most people squeak through the workweek falling far short of the nightly sleep goals with plans to make that sleep up on the weekend. New evidence suggests that might not be as simple of a proposition as it was once believed to be.
The debate about teens and sleep has been raging for many years. Scientific evidence suggests, however, that parents really should give their teens a bit of a break for sleeping in on weekends. It seems that growing teen bodies need a little more sleep than the average adult. More importantly, the average teen, 90 percent of teens according a recent Journal of School Health study, are not getting their daily recommend hours of sleep.
It’s Friday and for most of us that means the first break in a long work week. I’m sure on most of your agendas for this summer weekend, catching up on sleep will be at top of the list. While it may seem like a good idea to sleep in on Saturday and Sunday to catch up on the lack of sleep from the rest of the week, there are some significant reasons and research to support that sleeping in on the weekend is not the best idea.