Adolescent Sleep, School Start Times, and Teen Motor Vehicle Crashes

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2603528/

There is considerable evidence that a majority of adolescents do not get enough sleep for optimal functioning during the day.The following popper user interface control may not be accessible. Tab to the next button to revert the control to an accessible version.Destroy user interface control1The following popper user interface control may not be accessible. Tab to the next button to revert the control to an accessible version.Destroy user interface control–The following popper user interface control may not be accessible. Tab to the next button to revert the control to an accessible version.Destroy user interface control3 It is also clear that driving while drowsy is a serious traffic safety problem, especially among young drivers.The following popper user interface control may not be accessible. Tab to the next button to revert the control to an accessible version.Destroy user interface control4The following popper user interface control may not be accessible. Tab to the next button to revert the control to an accessible version.Destroy user interface control–The following popper user interface control may not be accessible. Tab to the next button to revert the control to an accessible version.Destroy user interface control6 Both social and biologic pressures appear to cause a shift in sleep patterns during the transition to adolescence, with the result that adolescents stay up progressively later as they progress through high school.The following popper user interface control may not be accessible. Tab to the next button to revert the control to an accessible version.Destroy user interface control7The following popper user interface control may not be accessible. Tab to the next button to revert the control to an accessible version.Destroy user interface control–The following popper user interface control may not be accessible. Tab to the next button to revert the control to an accessible version.Destroy user interface control9 Therefore, early school start times for adolescents decrease their sleep, which increases their daytime sleepiness,The following popper user interface control may not be accessible. Tab to the next button to revert the control to an accessible version.Destroy user interface control8 which may, in turn, increase their odds of crashing their vehicles while driving.

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