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Sleep in Teenagers

“Who understands teenagers?”
This is the phrase that many use to focus the problems of an adolescent, they think that they are simply passing and are due to all the changes they undergo at this stage of their life, but we must be very aware that not everything is normal and passing, neglecting for example sleep at this important stage can have consequences that later on will be irreversible for health.

According to studies, an adolescent needs to sleep 8 to 10 hours a day, since significant brain changes take place at this stage. Often these nightly sleep times are not met and generate a sleep deficit caused by activities such as extracurricular studies, family or economic problems, part-time jobs added to study schedules, social pressure and not forgetting the massive use of computers and electronic devices, which has increased in times of quarantine by Covid – 19.

Many believe they have energy to spare but do not worry about the problems that these bad habits may be generating some such as:

– Lack of concentration that makes learning difficult.
– Depression and low self-esteem.
– Anxiety to eat due to changes in moods.
– Alteration of the biological clock,
– High risk of automobile accidents caused by daytime drowsiness.
– Restless legs syndrome (RLS).
– Difficulty relating to family or friends.

It should be noted that every teenager is a different world and as parents we must be aware of any changes and help them to make this stage more bearable, if your teenager does not sleep well, we have these tips to help them improve their sleep quality:

– Reduce caffeine consumption.
– Encourage your child to do relaxing activities before bedtime (such as listening to music, reading a book, etc.).
(such as listening to music, reading a book or taking a bath).
– Establish a bedtime and wake-up routine.
– Limit the use of electronic devices at least 1 hour before bedtime.
– Move the TV out of their room, this type of lights do not help them to fall asleep.
– Try to have a balanced diet and do not eat so much junk food.

Keep in mind that if these tips do not work for you and your child continues to have sleep disturbances, it is best to consult an expert.

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