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Aug 20 2015

Zzzz for Teens

It’s that time of year again. Get ready, it’s happening…back to school!

Along with new books, pencils, and backpacks comes a new sleep routine for teenagers.

Long gone are their summer days of sleeping in and napping by the pool. A new school year can bring heightened stress and adjustments to a teen’s sleep schedule. Did you know teens need about 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night, yet many get far less?

Sleep is important for growing teens to help them pay attention in the classroom, maintain a regular mood, and stay healthy. With irregular sleep patterns like staying up late on the weekends and sleeping in, many teenagers are hurting their quality of sleep.

Here’s how teens can get the sleep they need:

Teenager sleeping

-Make it a priority. Making an effort to get to bed on time each night, even on the weekends, is crucial for teens to keep a consistent schedule. This can be challenging when teens want to spend time with friends, but 8 to 10 hours of sleep is important.

-Cut out screen time before bedtime. Reducing the time spent on

cellphones, tablets, or computers is becoming increasingly important for the health of teens. This can be a tricky habit to break for social teenagers, but screen time does not belong at bedtime. Not only does the light from tech devices make it more difficult to fall asleep, they can be a huge distraction from actually falling asleep.

-Get the homework done early! Avoiding late night study sessions that can cause stress helps teenagers have time to relax and calm down before bed. A relaxing bedtime routine makes it easier to fall and stay asleep.

-Keep a clean room. There’s a reason mom is always nagging about a clean room – it helps with the quality of sleep. A clean, quiet bedroom creates a soothing environment suitable for sleep.

-Avoid late night snacks.  Late night snacks, like caffeine or greasy foods, can make it more difficult to fall asleep and get a good night of sleep.

Get rested and ready for a great school year! For more tips on teens and sleep, visit the National Sleep Foundation.

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