5 Things You Should Know: Teens and Sleep


#3 - Reset the Clock

Need help resetting your teen's sleep clock? Regular sleep and wake times (that means no lengthy or evening naps) will help boost sleep quality but there's more to it than just that. Banish or limit distractions from the bedroom. This can include cell phones, music, TV, computers or gaming systems. Keep bedrooms quiet and dark and use the bed for sleep only and encourage your teen to use the 30 minutes before sleep to relax. Avoid vigorous exercise and stressful activities such as homework right before sleep. Also, watch your teen's caffeine intake. Those energy drinks and Venti lattes add up quickly. And while we know that incoming text message is super important, it's important to make sure sleep is the priority.