Sleep Deprivation is a Serious Teenage Malady

December 03, 2018

Sleep Deprivation is a Serious Teenage Malady

Research shows that teens are dangerously sleep deprived, showing that 60 percent of children under 18 years of age suffer from being tired during the day. As many as 15 percent of these children fall asleep in the classroom at school.

Sleep is not an option, but rather a necessity for good health. Sleep can be thought of as food for the brain. When teens are sleep deprived, it affects their academic achievement, social behavior, and their overall health.

Healthy sleep helps teens manage stress -- something most teens deal with one way or another. Teens need 8-10 hours of sleep each night, but only about 15 percent of them get that much sleep on school nights. Because teens stay up late and then sleep late on weekends, their biological clocks get out of sync. And, there are teens who suffer from sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, insomnia, and more.

 

Lack of sleep can also be dangerous, especially when driving a car. In fact. more than 100,000 car crashes occur every year due to drowsiness and falling asleep at the wheel. Not getting enough sleep can cause you to look bad, feel bad, act bad, and can lead to serious conditions.

Teens who go without proper sleep are more prone to pimples, acne, and other skin problems. It can cause overeating and strengthen the effects of alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine.

Depression, anxiety, and a tendency to turn to drugs is also common among teens who have unhealthy sleep habits. There are no pills, vitamins, or energy drinks than can replace good sleep.

Some helpful ways to change bad sleeping habits start with making sleep a priority. Every individual must decide what needs to change, but these tips can help.

  • Make your room a Sleep Oasis®. Keep it cool, dark, and quiet. Blackout curtains can
  • help as well as sleep masks.
  • Naps can be helpful if you plan them so you don’t oversleep.
  • Sticking with the same time to go to bed and to wake up will help your body and brain
  • get in sync with natural patterns.
  • Do your homework early, not just before bedtime. Give yourself an hour after you turn
  • off the TV, computer, and telephone before you hit the sack.
  • And while you’re unplugging avoid eating, drinking, or exercising. Instead, read a book
  • or take a warm shower.

Healthy sleep is important at any age, but it’s easier to form good habits when you’re younger and enjoy the reward of looking and feeling better for years to come

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