COLUMBUS,Ga.- A recent study from Sleep Cycle, an application that analyzes sleep patterns, shows that Georgia teenagers go to bed the latest and wake up the latest among teenagers 14 to 17 years old.
The study shows Georgia teenagers are going to bed around 11:36 to 11:50 p.m., and getting up around 7:01 to 7:13 a.m.
With the unofficial end of summer being on Labor Day, teenagers are getting back into the rhythm of waking up for school and that means changing their sleep patterns to do so.
Doctor Susan McWhirter is a doctor at Rivertown Pediatrics in Columbus. Her day typically begins at 8 in the morning and ends around 6 in the evening, some times later. She has two kids, Sophie is in her freshman year of high school and Thomas is 13 years old. Before she gets home, she has a plan for her kids to make sure they get the proper amount of sleep they before they go to school the next day. “I look at what do they need to get up and back that up nine hours and you usually have to start your bed time an hour or two before that,” Dr. McWhirter said. “So, I look at what time do we need to start getting ready for bed, brushing our teeth, taking our showers and settling down.” This is part of the plan that she uses in her home and recommends that parents have a plan of their own for their kids’ sleep schedule. She says keeping a constant sleep schedule can be tough due to after school activities, but if it’s possible to have one, it’s highly recommended.
Doctor McWhirter recommends teenagers get at least an hour of exercise a day, receive a proper amount of sunlight, turning off all electronics a half-hour before bed, allowing teens to have 30 minutes to get to bed and making sure they have 9 to 10 hours of sleep a night. “Getting sleep can often be a second priority and it really should be first because good sleep leads to better academics and really feeling better,” Dr. McWhirter said. “We have lots of kids who have emotional problems. They’re anxious. They’re depressed. They’re stressed and lack of sleep makes that worse.”