Sleepy Teens

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It can affect their grades, their emotions and even their exercise habits. New research finds that almost a third of teens fall asleep in class at least once a week. A study from the National Sleep Foundation found half of students are getting less than eight hours of sleep on school nights.

A counselor at memorial high school says some students are going to bed as late as two in the morning. "We are seeing a lot of students that are tired coming to school," says Jane Corning. "When we start school at 7:35 that does make a long day for students."

"Sleep isn't just a state of inactivity," says Luther Hospital neurologist Dr. Donn Dexter. "It's an active process that's absolutely vital in our development. If we don't get it, daytime functioning really suffers and for students, this is going to affect school work."

Dr. Dexter advises parents to keep their children from having caffiene in the evening, remove multi-media electronics from their bedrooms, and set a sleep wake schedule to stick with, even through the weekends.

For more information, visit the National Sleep Foundation's website.