Sleep matters

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High school 12-18 years

Research indicates that teens who get a good night’s sleep are more positive and productive in all aspects of life, including learning and school.

So how much sleep does a teenager need? According to the experts, teens need somewhere between nine and 10 hours a night. Yet many adolescents get only seven or eight hours, and some get even less.

Thankfully, there are a number of simple things you can do to help your teenager get plenty of sleep each night. Try these:

  • Limit screen time immediately before bed.
  • If possible, set up a place outside the bedroom to recharge electronic devices.
  • Encourage your teen to read a book in bed before they go to sleep.
  • Keep your teenager’s room dark at night to encourage sleep.
  • Encourage your teenager to go to bed earlier during the week.
  • Allow them to catch up on sleep on weekends if possible.

Remember, every little bit of sleep helps at this age, so even an extra 30 minutes a night can make a positive difference.

Last modified on Tuesday 17 May 2016 [711|2726]

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