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Indiana Doctor Cites Teen Body Clocks In Sleep Issue

An Indiana-based sleep medicine physician says most teens are "night owls" and have body clocks that require them to go to bed later and wake up later. 

This follows a new policy statement released by the American Academy of Pediatrics.  The policy is asking school systems nationwide to consider later start times for classes to accommodate sleep-deprived teens. The group says the move is necessary to improve student health and productivity. 

St. Vincent Hospital JWM Neurologist Dr. Adam Fisch says many teens are sleep-deprived due to societal demands that put most adults on earlier-to-bed schedules for work the next day.  In short, the academy argues that unnatural sleep patterns for teens may actually be impacting their health and productivity.

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