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Teen Sleep Study aims to help adolescent night owls


Narrator:       This is Science Today. The Teen Sleep Study is a unique four-year experiment at the University of California, Berkeley that aims to reset the biological clocks of adolescent night owls. Psychology professor Allison Harvey, who is leading this study says most participants are between ages 14 and 16 and to qualify, they must suffer from one or more emotional, social, behavioral or academic problem.

Harvey:          Not getting enough sleep can lead to accidents, disorders like depression cannot let us develop in body and brain as optimally as we might otherwise. Teenagers are getting an average of seven and a half hours, that's falling more than an hour and a half short of the sleep that people are needing.

Narrator:       For those who can't participate in this study, Harvey has a few suggestions, including going to bed at the same time every night and not falling asleep with the TV on or having a cell phone at hand. For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.