How Much Sleep Should/Does an Average Teen Get and Why


Darrius H.

A teenager who fell asleep while reading Big Nate in a chair.

Many people claim that the average teenager should get 9 hours of sleep, while they usually get 7-7 ½ hours of sleep. The amount of sleep that everyone needs gets lower depending on age. While newborns need 14-17 hours of sleep, teenagers need 9-11, and so on. Everyone needs a different amount of sleep, so how much sleep should and do teenagers get?

Most teenagers own phones, computers, or tablets. The blue light that comes from the screens of the devices suppresses melatonin, a hormone that helps people sleep. Teenagers are on their phones for hours at a time, and they usually suffer from a lack of sleep the most. Devices can also keep you awake because your brain needs time to calm down after being on technology. Things such as emails, texts, and shows can keep one in suspense for the next text, the next episode, the next email. Rings and flashes that come from one’s phone’s notifications also wake people up.

As said before, teenagers usually get 7-7 ½ hours of sleep, which is way less than they’re supposed to get. Teenagers need a lot more sleep than most people think, and if they don’t get enough, they won’t be able to function very well in school, sports, and other activities. Teenagers also can’t sleep as much as they are supposed to get because of the amount of homework that they get. Since middle school and high school teachers usually give out a lot more homework than elementary school teachers, this can cause teens to stop sleeping as much.

Every teenager should get at least 8 to 10 hours of sleep each day. There are many negative effects of not getting enough sleep. It can cause teens to have trouble in school, become or feel depressed, lowers reaction speed, and make concentration and memorization harder. Depression is a very serious medical condition, and if one is feeling depressed, they should tell a doctor or a family member immediately. Not getting enough sleep can be dangerous and can cause grades to drop.

However, students can start getting more sleep by not napping during the day and limiting caffeine and screen time. Getting enough sleep is vital and everyone should get as much sleep as they can. Not getting enough sleep can cause many problems, and sleeping a few more hours can change one’s entire life.