Sleep Tight And Don 't Let The Disorders Bite

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“Sleep Tight; Don’t Let the Disorders Bite”: Exploring the Relationship between
Abnormal Sleep and Behavioral Problems in Adolescence
Meredith A. Henry
University of Alabama at Birmingham Sleep can be disturbed in a variety of different ways and problems with sleep are a major health concern. In fact, the issue is considered to be such an important one that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) established National Sleep Week to promote awareness of disordered sleeping and promote educational of sleep hygiene practices (CDC, 2011). Disordered sleep may be classified on the basis of quality, timing, or duration (APA, 2013). Most of the research focused on disordered sleep has focused on aspects of insufficient sleep; that is, when one receives less sleep than is needed for optimal rest and rejuvenation (Owens, 2014). The CDC has reported that 30-40% of adults averaged less than 7 hours of sleep each night (CDC, 2011). Similarly, approximately 56% of 15-17 year olds, 29% of 12-14 year olds, and 8% of 6-11 year olds slept 7 or fewer hours each night (National Sleep Foundation, 2014b). Insufficient sleep has been linked to a variety of negative outcomes in both adulthood (e.g., Budnick & Barber, 2015) and adolescence (Owens, 2014). The majority of recent concern has involved the cognitive factors affected by insufficient sleep (APA, 2013b). For example, insufficient sleep can lead to lapses in attention or drowsiness, which can increase the likelihood of…

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