A news release from Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development examines a study focusing on the impact of insufficient sleep and later bedtimes on teens.
The results showed that teenagers who stayed up later than 11:15 p.m. on school nights performed worse in school and had more emotional distress than did teenagers that went to bed earlier. Importantly, these problems lingered 6 years to 8 years later. Younger adolescents (ages 14 years to 16 years) who stay up late had the worst grade point averages at graduation and the most emotional distress of any group. The researchers also found that adolescents who went to bed after 1:30 a.m. during the summer reported more emotional distress in young adulthood.