Sleep Recommendations for Your Child – Teenagers
Regardless of your child’s age, sleep is an essential habit to stress to your children. The brains of older teenagers secrete the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin an hour later than when they were in their early teens, which in turn, stalls the onset of sleep and robs them of an hour or so of shut-eye. Unfortunately, this stage of sleep they are missing is most commonly REM sleep, the final and most restful phase of the sleep cycle.
Teens need about 9 hours of sleep per night, but many don’t get it. Early school start times in addition to the busy schedules of school, homework, friends, and after activities, often leads to chronic sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation may often lead to other things such as your teen having a difficult time focusing, short-term memory loss, anger problems, weight gain, and worst of all, having trouble in school. One of the best solutions is to remind your teen to make sleep a priority as it is vital to their well-being.
- Keep his or her room cool, quiet, and dark to help them relax.
- Have them avoid any caffeine before bedtime.
- Ensure that your teen maintains a consistent sleep schedule.
- Have them avoid watching TV or using the computer or telephone for at least one hour before going to bed.
- Keep cell phones and computers out of your teenagers room at night.