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Novel Light Intervention to Fight Social Jet Lag in Teens. Podcast with Dr. Jamie Zeitzer

Over the past few decades, sleep duration appears to have been declining for most people living in industrialized countries. But one group for whom this is particularly evident is teenagers . Nearly half of adolescents in the US report insufficient sleep, and suffer from daytime sleepiness on school days. One study of middle school and high-school students found that a whopping 80% slept fewer than 8 hours on school nights, and 33% of the students reported falling asleep in class.  This is not as trivial as it may seem. Teenagers who don’t get enough sleep have poorer academic performance , are more likely to develop psychological problems like depression, are at higher risk of medical issues like obesity and diabetes, and are more likely to be involved in car accidents . The long term implications of insufficient sleep with respect to health, education, and achievement early in life should not be underestimated. So why is this such a pervasive problem? One factor that is