Sleep and your teen
More than just energy levels and mood, lack of sleep can negatively impact your teen's mental well-being, memory, physical development, academic performance, decision-making, weight as well as increase his or her risk for for several chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
This is why it is so concerning that Canadian children are not getting the amount of sleep they need.
According to sleep experts, teenagers need a minimum of 9 to 10 hours of sleep a night – even more than they needed in junior high school. However, many teens sleep far less than their body requires.
Instead of catching Z's, teens are busy keeping up with a packed schedule of extra-cirricular activities, homework and socializing with friends on social media.
Dr. Jennifer Vriend, a child and adolescent psychologist, suggests the following to help teens get back on track with their sleep.
1) Stick to a nightly routine.
2) Avoid eating too much 4 hours before bedtime.
3) Avoid caffeine 6 hours before bedtime.
4) Block out all distracting noise and eliminate as much light as possible.
5) Reserve the bed for sleep. Don’t use the bedroom as an office, workroom or recreation room.