Getting Enough Sleep

Kids and teens need plenty of sleep but have trouble getting enough.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM September 3, 2006

One of the greatest things about growing older is that you get to stay up later. And it's not just your parents who make that decision. Your body gives you permission to enjoy the darker hours too.

Recent research has shown that brain changes during teen years make it easier for kids to stay up late (see "Teen Brains, Under Construction").

But just because you can stay up late, doesn't mean you should, scientists say. Young people who don't get enough sleep are often late for school, or th...

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