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Published: Tuesday, Sept. 2 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

Updated: Tuesday, Sept. 2 2014 8:48 a.m. MDT

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delsur
charlotte, NC

Great review - thank you for correcting the study - I agree with you. My grandpa told me when I was younger - early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy & wise. I continue to live by this rule - along with my family. Thanks grandpa -

happymomto9
Saratoga Springs, UT

i concur whole heartedly!
my 17 year old son worked construction the past two summers. he would get up at 5:45am work a 10-12 hour day and be just fine. of course, after working so hard, he would crash at night but he had good solid sleep.
now that school has started, he has a hard time "sleeping in". he's simply in the habit of getting up early.
i think many teens are just not getting to sleep early enough which may be caused by lack of exercise during the day making them tired enough to fall asleep as early as would be useful.
sorry, run on sentence..... turn off the "tube" and go for a run! you'll sleep well tonight.

MNmamaof4
Lakeville, MN

This article has a point, but not the complete picture. Do teen's brains need to wind down and get rested? Absolutely. But electronics are not the only culprit. I have seen my teen's sleeping patterns change in ways that can only be blamed on body chemistry. She had a 7:00pm bedtime until age 6 when it moved to 7:30. By 5th grade, it was 8:30. No electronic entertainment late on school nights or in the bedroom. But guess what? About the time she turned 12, she lost the ability to fall asleep early, even by 9:30pm. She was laying in bed for HOURS until she fell asleep. When this started, I suggested reading, so she reads until 11pm and then falls asleep. We have a similar routine on weekends as weekdays, so that's not the problem, either. Now it's starting with my almost 12 year old son. I didn't believe it until I had a teen, but their sleep patterns DO change. It's not an excuse to let them stay up all night. It's another reason to have routine. But late night electronic entertainment is not the cause of every teen's sleeping trouble.

Happymomma
MOORESVILLE, NC

I do think this article is addressing a problem that SOME of our teens have. I also have a child like MNmamaof4, and have seen the effects of a child who has trouble going to sleep, some of that was a side effect of a medication he was on. But my oldest son had a problem entirely different. He was in mostly AR classes his junior and senior years. To be competitive in his two favorite colleges he also needed to be in a sport, he was very talented in cross country. He would get out of school at 3:15, go straight to cross country and practice with the team until about 5:30 or 6:00, come home, eat dinner, and do homework until about 11:30 or midnight. He would wake up at 5 am and start all over again. It was a very grueling schedule that he maintained for two school years. He would have liked to have had a job, but there was no time for one. But for some youth they juggle a job as well. So, I don't think the problem is just with the lazy, tech-addicted teens. I think we have many issues that could be addressed.

boyz2many
Vienna, VA

I wonder about how much a lack of exercise impacts a teen's ability to fall asleep at night. By exercise I mean hard physical exertion. Sweating/sore muscles type of exercise. It used to be we needed our teens to help on the farm, now we ask them to sit in a classroom for hours a day. Maybe their bodies are build for more action.

Ryan J
Bozeman, MT

I'm interested to see if the study looked at technology and late nights. Maybe they were accounted for. I think you have a good hypothesis. Did the study already control for such things. If so, you may want to teach us why they thought 8:30 start time was better instead of using a stawman argument.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Can we assume that parents are responsible for how a household is run? Notice that I didn't put an age limit on parental supervision. EVERYONE living in our home had the same rules. We got up at 6:00 a.m. We had family activities, including scheduling, family prayer and scripture study every morning. It wasn't long, but it was consistent. Evenings were similar. Family dinner every night together followed by minor chores (dishes, vacuuming, etc.). Homework was done around the kitchen table where we could help each other. Computer games were reserved for special occasions.

The family set the rules with major input from Dad and Mom. Even I, who many times worked until 5:00 a.m. to finish a computer design or software, was required to be up at 6:00 a.m.

We believed that consistency was the basis for success. Time will tell, but so far it is working with all children married and raising their own families.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

Just to get out of curmudgeonland to the real world for a bit ha ha...it's 2014 not 1954.

Teens are often working jobs until late hours. Not jobs to put a little gas in the car but jobs so their families can pay rent and have groceries.

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