Sleep during adolescence

March 31, 2011

Although adolescents need just as much sleep as younger children, sleep times decrease over the course of development, leaving many teens chronically sleep-deprived. Studies have consistently indicated that insufficient sleep can have a negative effect on many aspects of adolescents' lives, leading to mood disturbances, poorer physical health, and academic difficulties. But few studies have examined how sleep affects the ways adolescents function on a daily basis or how the effects of sleep change over time.

The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) will host a symposium during its Biennial Meeting at which researchers will consider the effects of sleep on adolescents. All of the papers that will be presented look at day-to-day variation in adolescents' sleep by using daily diaries, and consider how sleep patterns are related not only to concurrent well-being but also to outcomes later in development.

Among the questions that will be addressed:
The symposium will take place in the Palais des Congrès (Convention Center) de Montréal, 511C on Friday, April 1, from 10:20 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Researchers: Dilbur D. Arsiwalla, Auburn University; Emily K. Wetter, Auburn University; Mona M. El-Sheikh, Auburn University; Jennifer C. Cousins, University of Pittsburgh; Diana J. Whalen, University of Pittsburgh; Ronald E. Dahl, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic; Erika E. Forbes, University of Pittsburgh; Thomas M. Olino, University of Pittsburgh; Neal Ryan, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Jennifer S. Silk, University of Pittsburgh; Katharine H. Zeiders, Arizona State University; Leah D. Doane Sampey, Arizona State University; Emma Kristine Adam, Northwestern University; Cari Gillen-O'Neel, University of California Los Angeles; Virginia W. Huynh, University of California Los Angeles; Andrew J. Fuligni, University of California Los Angeles

Society for Research in Child Development

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