Why a lack of sleep is bad for you?

Many effects of a lack of sleep, such as feeling grumpy and not working at your best, are well known.But sleep deprivation can also have profound consequences on your physical health. 

The NHS offers the following tips to help your teen get a better nights sleep.


Talk to your teenager about their sleep problems

Talk to child about anything they're worried about.This will help them to put their problems into perspective and sleep better.

Promote the benefits of good sleep

Emphasise to your child the benefits of good sleep. It has proven advantages for memory and performance. A minimum of eight to nine hours; good sleep on school nights is recommended for your child.

Exercise for better sleep

Regular exercise helps you sleep more soundly, as well as improving your general health. Teenagers should be aiming for at least 60 minutes every day, including activities such as fast walking and running.

Cut out the caffeine to beat insomnia

Suggest that your child drinks less caffeine (contained in drinks such as tea, coffee, cola and caffeine energy drinks). Too much caffeine stops them falling asleep and prevents deep sleep.

Limit screens in the bedroom

If possible, don't have a mobile, tablet, TV, games consul or computer in the bedroom as the light from the screen interferes with sleep. 

Bedtime routines are a great sleep aid

Encourage your child to have a bedtime routine. Doing the same things in the same order an hour or two before sleep time can help them drift off to sleep.

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