by Jenny Hill
Teenagers are renowned for enjoying lengthy lie-ins in the morning. But contrary to popular belief, their reluctance to get out of bed may not be just down to laziness alone.
This bedroom is a battleground. Morgan’s 17, and like most other teenagers, she struggles to surface.
Noelle Delaney, Mother: Some days it is very difficult…you know I have to go in there two, three times. I have been known to pull her by her feet out of her bed.
Morgan Delaney, Student: It’s too early to get up in the morning, especially in the winter when it’s quite dark out. It just seems like you’re getting up in the middle of the night, you just want to be back in bed.
And that’s why sleep scientists studied Morgan and her friends for two weeks. (…) Analysis of that data surprised the scientists. They found that consistently the teenagers get just six and a half hours sleep a night. Most adults need at least eight. (…)
Consistent sleep deprivation can affect concentration, memory or even mood. The scientists behind this study say more research is needed because, like Morgan, most teenagers have busy lives – what they’re not getting is enough rest.
After reading the text, think of the questions below and write an answer to ONE of them (5-10 sentences):
1. Have you ever experienced “sleep deprivation”? When was it? Why?
2. Some people have problems with sleeping (not being able to fall asleep, waking up too early…). Do you have any advice for such persons?
3. Make your own sentences with the words written in bold.