It comes as no shock, to learn that students are not getting enough sleep but not getting enough sleep could have a knock-on effect on their; grades, relationships, and mental health. Sleep is known as food for the brain, and skipping sleep can have an effect on their body and their health: affecting their looks, mood, and health.
The National Sleep Foundation has some points on why sleep is vital for a teenager:
- Sleep is just as important as breathing, drinking, and eating
- As a teen, it’s natural not to be able to fall asleep before 11 pm
- Teens need around 8-10 hours of sleep to function properly, a study found that only 15% of adolescents reported get eight and a half hours of sleep on a school night
- Staying up late can affect your quality of sleep later along the line
How much sleep do teenagers need?
Sleepiness can make it hard for you to get along with family and friends, can affect your exam results or on the sports field. So how much are they supposed to be sleeping and how can you help your child get the best night’s sleep?
Our sleep expert Dr. Nerina says “we are meant to spend around a third of our lives sleeping and it’s abundantly clear that pure sleep has the ability to restore, heal and reorganise 75 trillion cells”.
Letting go improves sleep
Dr. Nerina suggests that in order to get a good night’s sleep they have to “empty the mental filing cabinet” which means letting go of all the worries of the day and retreating to a safe sleep sanctuary, where you are not reminded of school or exams.
“Your child’s bedroom must be a place of rest and relaxation, so the first step is to declutter and tidy up”. Making sure your bedroom is clear of things like laundry baskets and rubbish, so you are not reminded of daily life, also keeping out things such as; TVs, phones, and laptops out of the bedroom will help keep your mind clear so they’re not distracted.
Temperature and light also play a key factor to a good night’s sleep Dr. Nerina suggests “the optimum temperature for a room is around 19C”. But with light she suggests that choosing the darkness of the room is up to them, making sure whatever they choose makes them feel safe enough to rest.
As a parent, there is really only one thing you can do and that is to educate yourself about sleep, so that you know your child is getting good quality sleep each night and understanding why sleep is important, will help you deal with a restless child.