Essay about A Study At A Summer Sleep Camp At Stanford

1518 Words Dec 3rd, 2015 7 Pages
In the 1970s, there has been a growing awareness of the sleep patterns in adolescence. In a study at a summer sleep camp at Stanford during the 1970s, 10 to 12 year old girls and boys were monitored every year for 5 to 6 years. Results showed adolescents were more alert at 8 pm than earlier in the day, and show even greater alertness at 10 pm. This is because melatonin secretion occurs at a later time in adolescents, according to an experiment conducted by Dr. Mary A. Carskadon of Brown University (“Later School”). Since the early 1900s, more focus and research have gone into the sleep patterns of adolescents. Although scientists have concluded a variety of dangerous side effects to receiving a lack of sleep, the issue continues to remain present in most high school students. Sleep deprivation, a condition that occurs when an individual does not get enough sleep which can vary from one person to another, still persist in teenagers. In 2010, Danice Eaton led a research team at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that surveyed more than 12,000 U.S. high school students and found only 7.6 percent sleep at least nine hours which is the standard amount of hours for teens (“Vast Majority”). When it comes to teenagers, their brains are biologically programmed to stay up and wake up later for as much as two hours (“Among Teens”). It was also found that during puberty, the brain’s sensitivity to light changes which can further delay the release of melatonin (“Sleep…

Related Documents