Sleep is as important for Children & Young People as a healthy diet or physical activity
Lack of sleep may affect their concentration, mood, memory, decision making and ultimately their academic ability.
Research shows that teens need between 8 and 9 hours of sleep a night.
Teenagers often feel tired and during puberty and adolescence their requirement for sleep increases. This is probably because of all the hormonal and physical changes in their body’s and their brains.
• They may start being late for school when they have previously been on time
• They may be more irritable, may seem ‘down’
• They may appear to be lacking in energy
• Their memory might not seem to be as good as usual
• They may seem distracted or lacking concentration
• Their decision making might be impacted
• Their grades may start to slip
• They may fall asleep in lessons
• Discuss the importance of bedtime routines
• Point them to relaxation techniques such as mindfulness, deep breathing, or muscle relaxation, to aid sleep
• Highlight the importance of a balanced diet as this has a direct impact sleep quality
• Talk about the impact of using screens immediately before bedtime
• Point them to information on safe websites to enable their self-care
Suggest they talk to a family member, trusted adult or friend.
If the problem appears to be chronic suggest they consult their GP
Young Minds Parent Helpline
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