Published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, the results of one study suggests that the relationships teenagers have with their parents and friends may have more of an impact in their sleep than previously realized.
The Huffington Post reports that researchers at the University of Cincinnati found that teens with more strict parents were more likely to get the adequate amount of sleep needed each night. In addition, teenagers with positive friends who also cared about school were more likely to get high quality sleep.
Nearly 1,000 teenagers were examined from age 12 to 15 for research in the Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development. During this age range, researchers found that the average amount of sleep teens got on a school night ranged from 9 hours to less than 8 hours.
An association was identified between sleep quantity/quality and different aspects of teens’ lives. For example, teenagers whose parents monitored their behavior were more likely to get better sleep. Also, girls were more likely to have sleep problems such as middle insomnia, due to worrying.
Increased computer usage and decreased sleep, as well as increased TV time and increased sleep issues, were also linked.
Research has shown that parents who monitor their children’s behavior are less likely to see them get into trouble or use drugs and alcohol, the same principle applies when it comes to sleep. To find out how much sleep your children need, take a look at the updated recommendations made by The National Sleep Foundation.