Why Teens Need More Sleep Than They Are Getting
- Establish a calming bedtime routine.
- Avoid stimulating activities, like computer games or television, before bed.
- Steer clear of caffeine and nicotine after 12:00 in the afternoon.
- Keep to a regular bedtime, even on weekends.
- Make sure the bedroom is conducive to sleep—drawn blinds, no lights, TV, or computer.
- Sleep in on the weekends, but no more than 2-3 hours later than normal.
- Achieve a balanced schedule and avoid overloading.
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- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 05/2012 -
- Update Date: 05/21/2012 -
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