While there is no real author of the article posted, I’m going to assume that there was one or more writers with very extensive knowledge of how sleep and teenagers go together since this was posted to the National Sleep Foundation website, whose purpose is to help inform Americans about the benefits of sleep and many topics surrounding sleep.
The authors of this piece state that sleep is important to all, but especially important to teenagers because we are still developing, whereas adults are fully developed. They also state that teens need almost a full extra hour more sleep per night than adults, something which is increasingly difficult to attain. Since teenagers are still developing, having a sleep schedule that changes too much on a weekly basis can be harmful in the long run.
While I agree that there is major importance to getting enough sleep, it’s nearly impossible for many teenagers to reach that nine hour threshold, many rarely even get eight on a school night. With homework, work, school and family, there’s no way to get it all into one 24 hour span. In order for that to happen, many students would have to pick and choose what to do when to get that much sleep. And that then comes down to, do I spend time with my family tonight or try and cram in some homework before bed, which just seems unfair to all. However, I don’t have a solution to figuring out how to have teens get everything done and still get enough sleep.