Teenagers lack of sleep may cause depression, and put teens at a higher risk for mental illness. According to the Journal for Adolescent Health, lack of sleep increases the cortisol output of the adrenal gland. Melatonin, the chemical the body produces to prepare for sleep, releases much later in adolescents.

Foods high in tryptophan, a chemical that helps produce serotonin (without too much science, serotonin helps make melatonin) helps teens relax and get ready for sleep. St Louis Children's Hospital has a sleep diagnostic center, specializing in pediatric sleep disorders.
Make sure that teens know that their homework needs to be done by a certain time, say 9:30 pm, and after that, it's time to wind down for sleep.

When coupled with a teenagers already heighten attitudes, parents of sleep-deprived teenagers are in for a rocky road.

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