Journal of Sleep Disorders: Treatment and CareISSN: 2325-9639

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Review Article, J Sleep Disor Treat Care Vol: 1 Issue: 2

Adolescent Sleep: Review of Characteristics, Consequences, and Intervention

Alicia M Moran1,2 and D. Erik Everhart1,2*
1Deparment of Psychology, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858, USA
2Vidant Sleep Center, Vidant Medical Center, Greenville, NC 27834, USA
Corresponding author : D. Erik Everhart
PhD, Rawl Building, Department of Psychology, East Carolina University 27858, USA
Received: November 28, 2012 Accepted: December 23, 2012 Published: December 28, 2012
Citation: Moran AM, Everhart DE (2012) Adolescent Sleep: Review of Characteristics, Consequences, and Intervention. J Sleep Disor: Treat Care 1:2. doi:10.4172/2325-9639.1000104


Adolescent Sleep: Review of Characteristics, Consequences, and Intervention

Inadequate sleep is a pervasive problem among adolescents. This paper reviews the characteristics of adolescent sleep patterns, the negative consequences of poor sleep, and the interventions that target disrupted sleep among adolescents. Review of the literature suggests that systematic assessment and implementation of outpatient and school-based interventions are infrequent for this population, and in general provide mixed findings with regard to improvement of overall sleep quality. Existing barriers for implementation of intervention are discussed, and suggestions for improving interventions via inclusion of motivational interviewing techniques, skills building, and “hands-on” approaches through group activities are provided.

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