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  • 10 Things To Know About Adolescent Sleep

    Getting a good night’s rest is important for everyone, but it's especially important for teens to get a good night's sleep since their bodies and brains are still developing. Unfortunately, teens are known for having awful sleep patterns. Many teens stay up late at night and want to sleep in all day. There could be some consequences if they keep up with that routine.

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    Since sleep in critical to our bodies, we have created a list of what you need to know when it comes to sleep and your adolescent.

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    Irregular Sleeping Patterns Can Affect Their Bodies

    Since sleep is such a basic need for our bodies, Sleepfoundation.org explains that if someone has irregular sleeping patterns, their bodies can become affected as a result. If your teenager doesn't have a set sleeping schedule, their bodies won't know how to react and that could affect their “biological clocks.”

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    If they don't get enough sleep, they'll need to use more energy to get through the day.

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    Naps Can Still Be Good For Them

    Teens are complex, their bodies are growing and they can feel a lot of social pressure when it comes to school and their friends. There is no wonder why they want to sleep in every day.

    But instead of them always sleeping in, you can try your best to talk to them about waking up earlier and then taking a short nap during the dya. According to Nationwidechildrens.org, a 15 to 20 minute nap in the early afternoon can really help your teen. An afternoon nap might be just what your teen needs to find the energy to get through the rest of the day!

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    Exercise Can Help Your Teen Sleep Better

    Sometimes when you want to go to bed, you can just feel it in your body that you are still wide awake. This can definitely be frustrating, especially when you know that you have to get up early the next day.

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    Cleveland Clinic has reported that if your teen is having trouble falling asleep at night, exercise can help. This will tire your teenager out. Encourage your child to join a sports team at school to help with this issue or go for a walk after they get home from school. We know that this can be a great tool to help your teen go to bed earlier.

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    Nighttime Snacks Can Affect Their Sleep

    Teenagers are known for their sleeping patterns and their constant eating. There is just something about them growing and becoming an adult that makes them need to eat more food to fuel their bodies.

    But eating too late at night might be a reason why your child is having trouble sleeping. Childmind.org has reported that late time snaking can affect the sleep patterns in teens. Since digesting food takes up your body's energy, sleep is going to become a second priority to your body. Talk to your child about not eating too late at night and this will help them see that this affects their sleep.

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    They Should Avoid Caffeine

    There comes a time in your life when you start drinking coffee in the morning to wake you up. Even if you are an avid coffee drinker, you shouldn't let your child drink coffee until they have fully developed. Caffeine is not just in coffee, it's in sodas and energy drinks that are marketed towards teens.

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    Caffeine affects the brain and can be a reason why your child is having trouble getting the sleep they need. So have your teen switch out the coffee for water and start to see their sleep pattern get a lot better.

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    They Need 8-10 Hours Of Sleep Each Night

    At times, teens can feel like they are invincible since this is their stage in their life when they are really finding out who they are and what they stand for. Since they think that they know best, this can lead many teens to think that their bodies and minds can run just fine after only a few hours of sleep.

    Even though their bodies might be able to push through the day with just a little sleep, it's good for them in the long run. Sleepfoundation.org has found that teenagers need eight to ten hours of sleep each night to run properly.

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    Teens Need To Limit Electronics In The Bedroom

    In today’s teen's bedrooms, you will most likely find TVs, laptops, and gaming systems. Even though we want to be able to afford nice things for our kids, sometimes it does more harm than good when it comes to them getting their beauty sleep. If they have too many electronics in their room, they'll want to stay up late watching TV or playing a video game.

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    So make an executive decision to move their system into another room so there will be fewer decisions when they want to go to bed.

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    Make Their Bed Only For Sleeping

    Brains are complex and everything you do in a day trains your brain to think certain things. For example, if your child spends time in their room sitting on their bed with their phones and computers, their brain is going to associate their bed with work and not sleeping.

    Childmind.org has stated that the bed should only be used for sleeping. So the next time your child wants to play a computer game or do homework, talk to them about sitting at the kitchen counter or their desk.

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    Loss Of Sleep Can Lead To Poor Behavior

    Sometimes teenagers don’t exhibit the best behavior. Your teen might be acting out because they're not getting enough sleep. Getting enough rest is so important for our brains because it allows our brain to drift away and focus on recovering from all of the stimulation from that day.

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    Cleveland Clinic has reported that any loss of sleep can lead to poor behavior like mood swings, irritability, and even depression. Make sure your teen knows how only a little sleep can affect their brain and their attitude.

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    Many Teens Suffer From A Sleep Disorder

    It can be hard to believe but sometimes your teenager's poor sleeping patterns can have nothing to do with them not wanting to go to bed. Many teens actually suffer from some type of sleep disorder that might get brushed off as them just being lazy for sleeping in.

    According to Sleepfoundation.org, teens can suffer from treatable sleep disorders such as narcolepsy, insomnia, or sleep apnea. If you find that your teen's sleeping schedule isn't getting any better, you might want to talk to a doctor to see if there is something else going on.

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