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Survey explores correlation between gender and teen sleeping habits

Erika Joldrichsen
Special to eSomethin

Third in a 10 installments

“Sleep is the best medicine.” The Dalai Lama had it right.

Sleep really is one of the best things you can do for your body. Teens especially need a lot of sleep to function and grow, since they are still developing. But are high school students lacking this essential medicine? We decided to find out.

TopicOfInterest_250pxHigh school students at Perrysburg High School participated in a survey that can really tell us the truth about gender and sleeping habits. Many people were surveyed in 4th period lunch and ⅘ or ⅚ study hall on November 10, 2015. They were asked what gender they are and the average amount of sleep they get per night.

The results started to show a trend of males getting less sleep than females. Not by a lot, but by enough that it might need some further investigation.

Sleep_AP classesThe middle 50% of females get between 6 and 8 hours of sleep, and the middle 50% of males get between 6 and 7.5 hours of sleep. Both had a max of 8 hours.

Is there a medical reason that teenage boys seem to get less sleep than teenage girls or is it just a coincidence?

Medical researchers may want to find out. Doctors can use these results to alter recommendations about the amount of sleep teens need and to help males get more sleep.

Sleep is a vital factor in anyone’s life. The information that we collected about the PHS students can be translated to all teens.

All in all, all teenagers need sleep, but boys, maybe stop playing video games and get to bed earlier!

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