Impact of inadequate sleep on unintentional injuries in adolescents

Adolesc Med State Art Rev. 2010 Dec;21(3):491-507, ix.


Excessive daytime sleepiness is a growing societal problem in adolescents. Empirical evidence demonstrates that adolescents experience significant sleepiness as a result of inadequate or disrupted sleep. Although the functional impairment caused by sleepiness in the pediatric population is less studied, children and adolescents do experience changes in behavior and a decline in performance as seen in the adult population. The end result is functional impairment in adolescents, which then places them at higher risk for unintentional injury.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Attention
  • Automobile Driving
  • Cognition
  • Cognition Disorders / epidemiology
  • Cognition Disorders / physiopathology
  • Disorders of Excessive Somnolence / epidemiology*
  • Employment
  • Humans
  • Narcolepsy / physiopathology
  • Nocturnal Myoclonus Syndrome / epidemiology
  • Nocturnal Myoclonus Syndrome / physiopathology
  • Parenting
  • Restless Legs Syndrome / epidemiology
  • Restless Legs Syndrome / physiopathology
  • Sleep Apnea Syndromes / epidemiology
  • Sleep Apnea Syndromes / physiopathology
  • Sleep Disorders, Intrinsic / epidemiology*
  • Sleep* / physiology
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Wounds and Injuries / physiopathology