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.