The CDC recommends teenagers get at least nine hours of sleep per night, but less than 10 percent of kids are meeting that goal.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined that most American high school students do not get sufficient sleep according to their recently released study.

Researchers studied data from more than 50,000 students between 2007 and 2013. The researchers asked the students how many hours of sleep they get and the data was then separated by sex, grade, and race/ethnicity and into those who answered "five hours or less," "six hours," "seven hours," "eight hours," or "nine hours or more."

The CDC recommends that adolescents get nine to ten hours of sleep each day, however, the study revealed that around 7 percent of females and 8.5 percent of males reported getting nine or more hours of sleep. The percentage of teens reporting nine or more hours of sleep also decreased as the their grade level increased.

It has become increasingly difficult for teens to get the CDC recommended amount of seep hours because it feels that they are a lot busier than teens have been before. Whether it’s year-round travel ball or AP homework, it can be a struggle for students to juggle, school, sports and sleep. The best thing a teenager can do is try and set a bedtime and stick with it. How many hours of sleep do you think a teenager should get?

 

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ABC News Radio: Study: Few High Schoolers Get Enough Sleep