What time do you eat your first meal of the day? When is your last meal or snack of the day? What foods are you more tempted to eat when? Many different eating patterns exist, and there’s no one “right” answer. Yet, how much and when you sleep can have something to do with it.
According to most sleep experts, only about one in three teens gets the recommended number of hours of sleep each night—9 to 10 hours. Biologically, teens tend to feel more alert later in the evening and may not feel sleepy until around 11:00 P.M. Yet, in most communities, high schools have the earliest start times. So it’s not unusual to have to be up at 6:00 or 6:30 A.M. Early school start times are among the many challenges teens face in getting enough sleep.
What else is keeping teens awake? Teens who report a moderate to high caffeine use also report difficulty falling asleep at night and sleepiness during the day. Use of electronics after 9:00 P.M. is also a factor. Screen time in the later hours—whether TV, computer, or phone—can lower the amount and quality of sleep you will get.
Difficulty getting out of bed in the morning can reduce the odds of eating breakfast. Excessive snacking late at night can reduce your appetite in the morning too. Research also shows those late-night snacks are often less nutritious as well, which can contribute to other health concerns.