What are typical Teenage student sleep patterns? A typical middle school student should be getting around 8 ½ to 11 hours of sleep, but biological sleep patterns shift toward later times for both sleeping and waking during adolescence — meaning it is natural to not be able to fall asleep before 11:00 pm. Most middle school students do not get the correct amount of sleep for optimal brain function, one study found that only 15% reported having a regular 8 ½ hour sleep schedule. Teenage students tend to have irregular sleep patterns during the week, they typically stay up late and sleep in late on the weekends, which can affect their biological clocks and hurt their quality of sleep. What are some negative effects of sleep deprivation? Teenagers who don’t get enough sleep can lose the ability to learn, listen, concentrate and solve problems. They also may even important information such as names, numbers, and homework. Skipping sleep can lead to eating too many unhealthy foods like sweets and fried foods, not only that but not getting the correct amount of sleep can also lead to aggressive or inappropriate behavior such as yelling at friends or being impatient with teachers and/or family members. What sorts of things are affecting how much sleep Teens get? One article that gives a through background as to what sorts of things are preventing teens from getting enough sleep is one by the National Sleep Foundation. Lot’s of things can contribute to the sleeplessness of teenagers, for instance most adolescents can’t go to sleep until around 11:00 anyways. Another factor would be using technology before bed. Most of the technology that we use on a daily basis are “short-wavelength-enriched” which means that they have a higher concentration of blue light than natural light. Blue light affects the levels of the sleep inducing hormone melatonin than any other wavelength. When you spend a lot of time on your technology before you go to bed, you will have a much harder time sleeping due to the lack of melatonin.