Study: Parent-Set bedtimes linked to better mental health in teens

Posted at 5:36 AM, Jan 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-27 08:00:59-05

AMHERST, N.Y. (WKBW) — If you have a high schooler under your roof, it may be a good idea to have a conversation about bed times.

Daemen College professor Jack Peltz studied 200 families across Western New York.

He followed the sleep patterns of teens ages 14 to 17, and found that sleep directly impacts energy and happiness in teens.

Peltz recommends parents have a conversations with their teens about sleep and try to enforce a set bedtime.

"Parents need to realize if they work in collaboration with their teens they can create better structures around bed times," Peltz said.

Peltz says he realize parents will probably get some push-back from their teens about bedtimes but he says more sleep will help in the long run.