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The Teenager trouble of sleeping - Sleep and Teens


The teenage years are very demanding years of life when your body is growing and your mind is trying to keep up the pace. The body and mind both needs relaxation to grow through this phase of life. The sleep itself is a big contributor in the rightful growing up of the healthy teens.

The teens needs about 9 to 10 hours of sleep every day to ensure that all the growth and recovery is happening at the right pace and direction. The brain recovery is also necessary which needs about this much time to ensure everything is rightly done. If this range is not met, the academic and sporting performance can be impacted. Due to the age and corresponding peer pressure, the lack in performance can lead to emotional disturbances and depression as well.

According to a recent survey, more than 90% of the teenagers told that they slept less than 9 hours every school night. It is definitely affecting their grades and school performance.

In addition to the school performance there is a constant pressure on the kids weight, heart performance and diabetes.

So why Teens Stay Up Late?

It’s not always the habits which are there to blame the teenagers for their night activities and wake up. These kids are fast changing. Their hormones and puberty years are there to blame for this shift. The circadian rhythm of teenagers shifts during puberty. In order to cope up with the changes, they need schools which start late – so a school which starts after 9:00 AM is better for them to cope up with sleep changes due to change in sleeping pattern.

Teen Sleep Tips for Little Sleepers

  1. Take a nap between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
  2. Complete your sleep debt over the weekend. Try to take extra sleep.
  3. Talk with a family doctor if they have troubles in getting enough sleep. It could be a psychological problem which can be solved by counselling.
  4. Talk to the school. See if a later start time is a possibility.
  5. Choose a relaxing bedtime routine.
  6. Give away loud music, computer games, mobiles, internet use, etc. hours before bedtime.

Sometimes crying or laughing
are the only options left,
and laughing feels better right now.

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