-By Sahithya S
Sleep is a very important part of our lives. Teenagers need sleep to maintain a healthy body, keep their immune system working well, maintain good mental health, boost their energy levels, learning and concentration, and store things in their long-term memory. I can’t move ahead without a minimum of 8 hours of sleep. Sleep deprivation affects a person’s mood, behavior, emotional health, and weight. At present most teens have a weird sleep routine. While they spend their nights watching movies or series they wake up to have lunch directly. Teens aged 13 to 18 need to get a minimum of 8 to 10 hours of sleep. A sudden change in sleep patterns may immensely affect a child’s health.
Here are some tips to keep track of your sleep routine:
- Make it a priority to get enough sleep. Set an alarm or a time for yourself to get tucked into bed.
- Prepare a bedtime routine for yourself
Choose reading a little part from a book or listen to soothing music as these would help you sleep faster and better.
Don’t forget to set an alarm for the morning!!
- Maintain a regular sleep schedule. Do not compromise too much on it on your weekends either.
- Avoiding napping during the day can help you fall asleep at night faster. A half an hour nap would be fine but more than that would make it difficult to fall asleep at night.
- Avoiding a big meal at night also helps and surely avoid eating late at night as it may cause a lot of health problems.
- Avoid the use of electronic devices in the hour before bed.
- Avoid caffeine – in energy drinks, coffee, tea, chocolate, and cola – especially in the late afternoon and evening.
All these simple changes can surely change the bedtime routine of teens for the better. Waking up fresh can brighten up your day so much. Sleeping within 20 minutes of hitting the bed is perfect. Sleep on time and have a fresh start the next day!!!
“Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.” — Thomas Dekker