Steps To Ensure Teens Sleep Better.
Sleep assists in fueling your brain and your body. Teens are the most productive people we have in society, they, therefore, need more sleep because their bodies and minds are growing fast.
Scientific research has shown that many teens do not get enough sleep. It shows that most teenagers only get about 6.5-7hours of sleep per night. For you to be at your best, you need between 8 and 10 hours of sleep every day. Although you may not always be able to get that much, it’s important to try and get as much as you can.
Sleep recommendation varies with age. The following was the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation of sleep time for various groups;
Infants under 1 year: 12-16 hours
Children 1-2 years old: 11-14 hours
Children 3-5 years old: 10-13 hours
Children 6-12 years old: 9-12 hours
Teenagers 13-18 years old: 8-10 hours
This recommendation may not match exactly with the time we get for sleep but can be a good guideline to ensure that children and youth in that age bracket get enough sleep.A morning routine for a productive day.
The University of Australian state area unit sleep specialists, at some point, were reminding parents on the importance of young adults getting enough sleep as well as cautioning them that inadequate sleep will negatively impact their intellectual health.
Parents are supposed to be role models by leading a healthy lifestyle which includes;
– Adhering to a regular sleep schedule,
exercising every day, and eating healthy nutritious food. Several practical measures can be pursued by parents to improve sleep patterns in their teenage children:
Discussing with teenagers about their sleep patterns and daily routine will help them understand whether they are facing any sleep problems. It will also help them realize the importance of sleep and how much sleep is needed each night for them to stay active, alert and productive during the day.
If teenagers are overloaded with a lot of assignments in addition to other extra-curricular activities, it would be a good idea for parents to guide them on setting priorities and develop a schedule that includes adequate sleep hours.
They should also encourage teens to take a power nap 30 minutes after school to avoid drowsiness during the day.
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