From The Huffington Post:
During the four-year study, researchers are working with hundreds of
10 to 18-year-olds who have trouble falling asleep and waking up.
“Adults are good with eight hours of sleep, but because teenage minds
and bodies are developing so rapidly, they should be getting about
nine,” explained Allison Harvey, the principle investigator in the study
and a professor of psychology at UC Berkeley, to The Huffington Post.
During each semester of the ongoing study, researchers invite several
dozen teens who suffer from sleep deprivation to a “slumber party” on
campus. Teens are then paired with "sleep coaches" who monitor hormone
levels and sleeping habits and patterns. The teens also attend workshops
about habits to promote a good night's rest, including meditation,
creating a tech-free zone and other methods outlined in the slideshow
Harvey also hopes that with concrete results, researchers might have a
stronger case for pushing back school start times, which they argue are
The National Sleep Foundation suggests that most teens get nine hours and 15 minutes per night, and recent studies have tied sleep deprivation to depression, obesity, heart disease and low birth weight. A study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that only 8 percent of teens were getting the recommend amount of sleep.
"It's very, very clear," said Harvey. "We think better and we feel better when we're sleeping well."