These days, there a lot of teens that are suffering from sleep deprivation than ever before. But what are the usual causes of their lack of rest? And what can we exactly do to prevent it?
Sleep is very important for teenagers to grow. According to sleep authorities, teenagers actually need a minimum of 9 hours of sleep every night. And any much less than 7 hours of sleep at night may result in having mood swings, health issues and the inability to deal with stress.
Not only that but due to the fact that sleep is so important for the mind and entire body, your teen’s brain will certainly make sure it’ll get the sleep it requires. No matter what time of the day it is. Which means dozing off during class or even behind the wheel of the car.
WHY IS YOUR TEENAGER SLEEP DEPRIVED?
The lack of sleep in teenagers comes down to the following basic causes:
Melatonin is a body hormone that helps you sleep.
Within adults though, this sleep body hormone is released to the body at around 10 evening.
But in teenagers, these hormones shift to produce at around 1 in the morning.
So, what may come across as “sleeping-in” is actually your teen’s body attempting to get the 9 hours of sleep that it needs.
As a matter of fact, according to the Penn State University researchers, classes that start after 8:30 in the morning can help students attain the number of sleep that they need. Which will also result in the improvement of their over-all sleep health and well-being.
It's actually not that shocking that sleep deprivation amongst teenagers is on the increase. Why? It’s because of the numerous number of hours that people spent using technology.
We all know that technology plays a vital role in everyone’s life. People cannot live without their smartphones today and that’s a fact. But what people may not know is that technology can also make a huge impact on our sleep.
A study conducted by Professor Jean Twenge of San Diego Condition University found that four-hundredth of adolescents in 2015 slept lower than seven hours a night.
The study also suggests that teenager’s amount of sleep is actually affected by the time they spent going online or using their smartphones.
In fact, Smartphones and any other electronic devices actually produce a blue light that can suppress the production of sleep hormones in your body. Thus, making your brain alert and productive during the night.
3. SCHOOL WORKS
When it comes to teens, school work doesn’t only comprise of assignments, there are so much more.
Whilst it’s difficult to lessen the quantity of their home works and projects, having proper time management can lessen their problem.
If possible, try to encourage your teens to avoid pulling an all-nighter or crash studying for an exam.
Help them finish their school works instead of just watching on the sidelines.
Not only it’ll help you build a great relationship with your teen, it can also help them prevent and avoid serious health and mental conditions that are caused by chronic rest deprivation.
WAYS TO HELP YOUR TEEN SLEEP BETTER:
- Help create a sense of peace and quiet in their own room. Buying them sleep masks or changing their bed sheets, pillows, and curtains can help.
- Encourage them to write a sleep journal.
- Don’t encourage napping, eating, drinking, or using smartphones or any other electronic devices an hour before their bedtime.
- Lessen their caffeine intake.
The main key is to be supportive of your teen. Encourage them by offering different tips or just by being sensitive to their needs and feelings.
If you feel like your teen is experiencing a serious case of sleep disorder, it’s probably time to book an in-home sleep study today. Contact us today at 1300 246 637 for a free, no obligation chat with our friendly Treatment Coordinator.