Neringa Strazdienė, Birutė Strukčinskienė, Sigutė Norkienė
Daily routine in children and teenagers is particularly important factor of the lifestyle for their intensive development, health, and the learning abilities at school. The daily activities and the ways of relax are of importance for mental health and for working capacity of children and young people. Teenagers often do not pay attention on limitations of time and energy, and do not take enough care on appropriate daily routine. The aim of the study was to investigate the lifestyle and health in teenagers aged 15 to 19 years with focus on daily routine. The survey was conducted in nine secondary schools of Western Lithuania, and there participated 410 teenagers aged 15 to 19 years in the study. The results revealed that one in ten teenagers keep appropriate daily routine. Daily breakfast take about half of the respondents. Less than half of the boys and about half of the girls do their homework not immediately after coming back home from school, but after some relax, and after taking some meal. The girls keep significantly more appropriate daily routine that that of boys. Less than one fifth of girls and one fifth of boys were sleeping daily at least 8 hours per day. The recommendations of scientists regarding daily sleeping hours (9 to 10 sleeping hours per day) keep only one tenth of boys, and very few girls. About half of the surveyed girls and boys sleep nine or more hours on weekends. The majority of teenagers go to bed at midnight or later.
Keyword(s): teenagers; children; lifestyle; health; daily routine.
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