5 Healthy Resolutions for Teens


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Get Plenty of Sleep
Falling asleep while studying doesn't cut it in terms of the rest you need.
Falling asleep while studying doesn't cut it in terms of the rest you need.
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Sleep is an important part of good health, and getting enough sleep, about nine hours for teens, should be a priority. Well-rested teenagers perform better in school, maintain a healthier outlook, have better reaction times and are less irritable. Adequate sleep, although not yet completely understood, is clearly important for both children and adults. In a fast-paced world, getting a good night's sleep can be tricky. These sleep strategies can help:

  • Eliminate distractions. Turn off electronic devices and turn out the lights. A dark, quiet environment will be more conducive to sleep.
  • Don't drink caffeinated beverages, especially after noon.
  • Go to bed a half-hour earlier than your regular bedtime. This doesn't seem like much, but it will net you two and a half hours of extra sleep during the school week.
  • Take a warm relaxing bath before bedtime.
  • Drink a glass of milk or eat a banana a couple of hours before going to bed.

[source: Sohn]