sleep-wake habits and daytime sleepiness as they relate to school engagement and academic performance in teens from varying racial and economic backgrounds in urban vs. suburban settings.

Summing It Up

Just what does this look at sleep around the globe tell us about worldwide sleep deprivation? From the data that’s been gathered, it appears that adolescents in every developed country have the same problems with sleep that teens in the United States do, and that they’re just as negatively affected by the resulting sleep deprivation. That’s an alarming fact for both our teens and our world. Teens’ lives are compromised now by the small amount of sleep they get and may be even more damaged as these adolescents reach maturity and start taking their places in the global community. And that state of affairs will keep our nations and our world from advancing to the greatest degree possible. The effects of sleep deprivation on today’s teens—all 1.2 billion+ of them—may have significant and wide-ranging consequences in every corner of the world for years to come.

But taking the problem seriously now, and supporting efforts both locally and internationally to help teens get the sleep they need, will go a long way toward making teens’ lives better today and all our lives brighter in the future.

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