New Research Explains Teen Sleep Problem

Tuesday 27th July 2010

The grumpy teenager who holes themselves up in their bedroom is a well known teen stereotype, however new research shows that this behaviour could be less laughable and more practical than previously believed - after scientists have found that teens who spend their summer nights socialising out-doors may be more likely to develop sleeping problems.

Researchers at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute explain that increased exposure to sunlight can stop the body from producing enough nocturnal melatonin - a hormone that encourages the body to sleep. As a result, teens are less likely to fall asleep and may cause fatigue, exhaustion and mood swings.

Experts now recommend that teenagers do their best to expose themselves to light in the morning, rather than the evening, in order to control this hormonal imbalance and get a good night's sleep.

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