Teenagers have special sleep requirements because their bodies and brains are changing rapidly during this stage of development. Adolescents need 8 to 10 hours of sleep per night, but many struggle to get enough due to busy schedules, homework, extracurricular activities, and late-night technology use.
Sleep deprivation can have serious physical and mental consequences for teenagers. It has the potential to cause mood swings, irritability, and depression. It can also have an impact on their ability to focus and learn, which can lead to poor academic performance. Furthermore, a lack of sleep has been linked to an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, and other health problems.
Adolescents’ overall well-being depends on getting enough sleep, which is why it’s critical for them to develop a consistent sleep schedule and a relaxing bedtime routine. Setting a regular bedtime and wake-up time, limiting screen time before bedtime, and creating a dark, quiet, and cool sleeping environment can all help. Setting technology curfews and encouraging teens to prioritise sleep over other activities can help parents and carers assist teens in developing healthy sleep habits.
Overall, encouraging teenagers to prioritise sleep and develop healthy sleeping habits can help them function well, stay healthy, and reach their full potential.
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