• Rita Hitching

#TeenBrainHackSleep Follow body's cues for good sleep

Updated: Jun 26, 2019

If you are like any other teenager you probably prefer to stay up late and sleep-in the next morning. The reality is that not everyday is a weekend day, you need to get up and go to school 5/7 days. Sleep is essential for a multitude of brain and body functions. Lack of sufficient sleep is associated with poor academic results, anxiety, depression, poor social relationships and decisions amongst a host of other issues.

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How to get a good night's sleep when you're a teenager

But, how can you ensure a good nights sleep when you have after school activities, homework, relaxation time, and friends to hang out with? Research into the sleep patterns of teenagers is providing some Brain Hacks on how to ensure a good nights sleep. The timing of when you go to bed and the activities that you do just before going to sleep have a big impact on the quality of sleep, and amount of time you sleep.

Text/Social Media / TV : Research has shown poorer quality sleep for those watching TV, YouTube, texting and using social media just before sleep.

Body Cues: Have cue to get to sleep at about the same time everyday, and have a routine (e.g. brushing teeth) and follow your own bodies cues. If you feel tired T 9:00 pm then go to sleep, and don't worry about what time it is.

Homework: Doing homework before going to sleep is not ideal, but still gives you a reasonable nights sleep.

Read the original research: "Original ArticleHow internal and external cues for bedtime affect sleep and adaptive functioning in adolescents". Michelle A. Shorta, Liisa Kuulab, MichaelGradisara, Anu-Katriina Pesonen. Sleep Medicine Volume 59, July 2019, Pages 1-6