Dr. Wendy Troxel: Teen Sleep Patterns from a Sleep Scientist

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Written by: Lianne Castelino

Published: Sep 11, 2021

This week on Where Parents Talk radio on 105.9 The Region, host Lianne Castelino speaks to Dr. Wendy Troxel, Sleep Scientist
Clinical psychologist, Senior behavioural and social scientist, RAND Corporation and mom about scientifically-backed sleep tips for  teens and young adults.

Dr. Wendy Troxel headshotDr. Wendy Troxel
Mom of 2
Sleep Scientist
Clinical psychologist
Award winning researcher
Senior behavioural and social scientist, RAND Corporation
Adjunct faculty member (University of Pittsburgh and the University of Utah)
Author, Sharing the Covers


“We often think about teenagers as being sort of lazy and irritable and they’re so difficult to wake up in the morning. But it’s so important to for parents to realize that a lot of this is out of their control. It truly is a biologically based phenomenon, that their bodies are telling them to stay awake later, and sleeping later. So when you have to physically shake your child to wake them up in the morning, it’s really not just because they’re lazy or willful, willful or being disobedient. It’s truly that their brains are craving that sleep, particularly in those early morning hours, when we’re sort of robbing them of their sleep when they have to go off to school.”



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