Pam Dudding-Burch
Contributing writer

How many parents have had to drag their teen out of bed in the mornings or even up for lunch on the weekends? Parents plead, they bribe and they threaten to ground them, but with little or no response.

The Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse Coalition, RAYSAC, works diligently in helping families bring knowledge to their doorstep.

“Any time is a great time to help your teen change their sleeping habits so they can be healthy, successful and ready to learn,” their team agrees. ”Teenagers need 8-10 hours of sleep each night to stay healthy.”

However, according to the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Study, only 35 percent of Craig County High School aged youth report getting more than eight hours of sleep nightly. Over 40 percent report getting six hours or less.

The team reports that natural changes are part of the reason but schoolwork,…

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