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Is My Teen Sleeping Too Much?

By Sharon Dalzell @Dalzells_Beds

With the news that schools are reopening, unsurprisingly, parents up and down the country are wondering how they are going to get their teens’ sleep routines back in check.

From going to bed late to sleeping in all morning, teenagers sleep schedules have been knocked out of line this past few months. It’s thought the average time that young people sleep is about 7 hours a night, well below what they should be.

So, how much sleep do teens need?


Teenagers and Sleep

Young people should aim to get 8-9 hours of sleep per night.

Too much screen time, particularly at night, is a significant factor affecting teens’ sleep. Whether it’s mobile phones, computer screens or TVs, the light from screens interferes with sleep.

Not only that, but the temptation to talk well into the night with friends on social media is ever-present when the phone is beside the bed.

But to be fair, it’s not always our young people’s fault that they’re not getting the required shuteye. The Sleep Council reminds us that sleep issues can develop because of physical, mental and social factors in a young person’s life. Exams stress, relationships, social and work activities can all intrude on a teen’s sleep.

Not only that, but teenagers’ natural sleeping cycle (circadian rhythm) could be out of sync, which makes it more difficult for them to fall asleep and wake early. And, hands up how many of our young people are still sleeping in their childhood bed? A small bed and uncomfortable mattress could be the root cause of many a sleepless night.

Sleep Deprived Teens

Sleep Tips For Teens

Good quality sleep is essential for a teenager’s growth and development. Evidence suggests that prolonged lack of sleep can affect a person’s mental and physical health and wellbeing, and it’s no different for young people.

It’s important that our teens get time to switch off to help them relax and prepare for sleep. Establishing a good sleep routine will also help. Limiting screen time, encouraging a gadget-free bedroom and setting aside time to unwind will all help your young adult reset their body clock.

Caffeinated and fizzy drinks should be avoided late at night. A growing teen also means more need to spread out. Best to check that your teenage child’s bed is big enough for them and providing the right levels of comfort and support.

Encourage your child to take regular exercise. Even a small amount of daily exercise can help refresh the body and mind, so aim to build in a little into your daily routine.

Watch The Sleep Council’s video which is packed with lots of helpful sleep advice for teenagers.

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