Sleep Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about sleep.

Why is sleep important for teenagers?

Dr. Barrow discusses why sleep is important for teenagers. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Sleep is important to teenagers because it serves as food for the brain, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF).

Important body functions and brain activity occur during sleep, according to the NSF.

Teens need sleep to help with concentration during school work, according to the NSF. It’s also important for them to be able to concentrate as new drivers.

Lack of sleep can limit teens’ ability to problem solve, learn, listen, and focus. All these could have bad effects on grades and even worse effects behind the wheel, according to the NSF.

Talk to your doctor for more information about why sleep is important for teenagers.

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Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Mansi Amin, MD, SureCare Medical Center; Nicholas Davis, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Irina Gendler, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Aaron Kaibas, DO, Upper Valley Cardiology; Christopher Lauricella, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Angela Long-Prentice, MD, Northwest Dayton Physicians; Erin Mathews, MD, Vandalia Medical Center; Katrina Paulding, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Tammy Taylor, MD, The Pediatric Group; Dori Thompson, MD, Springboro Family Medicine; Pam Werner, MD, Miami Valley Primary Care; J. Layne Moore, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Mark Ringle, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Michael Barrow, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Rhoda Chamberlain, APRN, CNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Nicholas Davis, MD, Jamestown Family Medicine

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