(KPRC) – Sleep is the time when the body can rest and rejuvenate, but when kids don’t get enough sleep, it sets the stage for a variety of problems, including depression, weight gain and declining school performance.
“They get hyperactive. They are distractible,” says sleep specialist Dr. Juan Martinez. “They may be struggling in class. Their grades may be slipping and their teachers may be identifying them as loud and not paying attention.”
Jonathan Theodore, 17, almost got kicked out of his performing arts school because he kept falling asleep in class. A sleep study revealed he had narcolepsy, which is a sleep disorder that causes someone to suddenly stop pass out.
“When it does happen, I feel it coming on, so I know I have to sit down or hold onto something real quick,” Theodore said.
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