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A 35-year-old member asked:

can you tell me is 6 hours of sleep enough for a 16yr old?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
No less than 9: The growing teen is faced with many choices but needs to take care of his/her sleep if they are to function well. While growing, no less than 9 hours of sleep/24hrs is needed. After their linear growth has stopped, they can sometimes get by on 8. Some will need more based on sports participation or heavy study. Events like sleep walking and sleep talking are evidence they're sleep deprived.

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Does sleeping 8 to 10 hours as an 16 year old help me grow faster and would I grow over night? Thank you

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Dr. Carla L. King
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