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During teenage years, sleep is essential to proper growth. According to TeensHealth, teenagers should sleep for at least 8-10 hours per night.
- Try to go to bed at the same time every night; this helps your body get into a routine.
- Follow a bedtime routine that is calming, such as taking a warm bath, shower or reading. (Prompt students to tell their personal bedtime routines.
- Use your bed just for sleeping — not doing homework, reading, playing games, or talking on the phone. That way, you'll train your body to associate your bed with sleep.
-Turn off all electronics devices at least one hour before bed. Electronics devices lower your body’s level of melatonin; making it harder to fall asleep.
- Limit foods and drinks that contain caffeine like soda, energy drinks or ice tea.
- Don't exercise just before going to bed. Do exercise earlier in the day — it helps a person sleep better.
I’m experiencing issues sleeping. Should I visit my doctor?
TeenHealthFX suggests scheduling an appointment with your doctor if you frequently experience any of the following sleep symptoms:
- Difficulty waking up in the morning
- Inability to concentrate
- Falling asleep during classes
- Feelings of moodiness and even depression
If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist. You can also contact your local teen health center or insurance company for a list of in-network providers.