Doctors say teens are lacking sleep and it’s becoming an epidemic.
Apparently 70 percent of kids’ say they are feeling tired all the time.
Speaking with Shane Foxman on CKNW weekend, Dr. Leorna Kuttner with B-C Children’s Hospital says, social media and technology are some of the reasons why teenagers aren’t getting enough sleep.
“TV’s became cheaper and then kids as a treat got TV’s in their room, disaster. The parents didn’t even know they were watching TV. Then every kids would have a cell phone to stay in touch, then cell phones would go to bed with the kids.”
Dr. Kuttner says to keep cell phones in a different area in the bedroom, close enough to act as an alarm, but far enough where you can’t reach it.
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Dr. Kuttner says many students admitted to getting half the amount of sleep needed to function properly.
“There were many kids owning up to sometimes getting only 4 or 5 hours of sleep and at best 7. There’s a wide range and it depends if there is a test next day”.
Dr. Kuttner says lack of sleep can lead to headaches, fatigue, and depression.