Sleep deprivation puts teens at risk for psychiatric illness

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  • AT Elk River, MN
    Feb. 25, 2014 10:44 p.m.

    My kids work on 4 to 5 hours of sleep. They do not watch TV or socialize. They come home start on homework, go to work, attend youth night (sometimes) and participate in a sport. I see the signs of sleep deprivation in them and myself as I try to stay up with them and then drive them to seminary at 5:50 every morning. You can say stop something but to get into a church school you really have to do it all. We do require our children to run faster than they have strength. Something I believe we have been warned about doing.

  • vern001 Castle Rock, CO
    Feb. 25, 2014 10:19 p.m.

    I second Texasmom6's concern. As someone who lives outside Utah and whose kids get up at 5:15 a.m. every morning to make it to seminary while staying up until 10 or 11 to finish homework, I'm deeply concerned about the impact the lack of sleep has on every aspect of their life and health. Maybe the Church should consider holding seminary three days a week instead of every day or letting kids sleep in without having to worry about attendance if their parents sign a note or something....I just know that right now, my kids are getting an average of 6 hours of sleep on a good night and that's not enough.

  • Texasmom6 Chambers, TX
    Feb. 25, 2014 9:39 p.m.

    This has long been a concern of mine. Studies have shown how crucial adequate sleep is for children and adolescents, yet my kids rarely get the recommended number of hours. Two major obstacles for them come from the great amount of homework assignments they are given in school, and early morning seminary.
    I know that great spiritual strength and blessings come from attending seminary, but I worry about the cost to their physical and mental health. I also worry about the safety of teens driving to seminary in the wee hours of the morning after only 4 or 5 hours of sleep.
    I realize that this is not much of a concern along the Wasatch Front where release time is the norm, but here, the only option is 6:00am.