In the American family, teens tend to be especially busy. Between sports, school, and their social lives, teens seem to be constantly on the go. These busy schedules leave little room for sleep, which can be more problematic than once believed. A new study from the University of Wisconsin in Madison shows that lack of sleep during adolescent years may lead to permanent damage.
Researchers examined adolescent mice, awakening a portion of them throughout the night. The mice who were not allowed to sleep were found to have unbalanced growth of brain synapses. Synapses are the site where nerve cells connect and communication occurs. The scientists said sleep during adolescence is particularly important because that time of life sees dramatic changes and development of the brain.