Last school year, my 16-year-old kept super late study hours. When I popped into her room to say goodnight, I’d find her analyzing class notes with her friend over FaceTime. I’ve long accepted that her high school study habits differ from mine, so I allowed this late-night digital interaction — she’s a studious kid and had a rigorous course load.
I thought my daughter was following the CDC recommended guideline that teenagers sleep 8 to 10 hours daily for optimal health. She claimed she was getting to sleep around 11:30 p.m., which meant she was getting at least close to the low end of that recommendation, and I assumed that was okay.
Holly Rizzuto Palker


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