Sleep in adolescents: the perfect storm

Pediatr Clin North Am. 2011 Jun;58(3):637-47. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2011.03.003.


A reduction in sleep amount from late childhood through the second decade has long been known; however, the weight of current evidence holds that sleep need does not decline across this span. This article will describe how the loss of sleep through adolescence is not driven by lower need for sleep but arises from a convergence of biologic, psychological, and socio-cultural influences.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Development*
  • Affect / physiology*
  • Circadian Rhythm / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Sleep / physiology*