Teens may not get the sleep they need because of busy schedules and night-owl sleeping patterns. But less than 8.5 hours just won't cut it. Younger school-age kids need 10 to 11 hours of sleep a night.
Being tired affects your kid’s grades, mood, and health – no matter their age. Plus, if your kid doesn't get enough sleep, she could go looking for energy from unhealthy foods. Those junk foods, fried foods, and gooey snacks can lead to unhealthy weight gain.
If your teen is too busy with homework and activities to get enough sleep, it may be time to cut back on something else in her schedule.