Do your teenage kids get 8-10 hrs of recommended sleep time every day? According to the National Sleep Foundation, a study found that only 15% of teens reported sleeping 8 1/2 hours on school nights. Sleep is fundamental to optimal functioning during childhood and adolescence, including health and behavior. Not getting enough sleep will limit the ability to learn, listen, concentrate and solve problems.
Use of technology plays a key role in compromising sleep quality and quantity among teens. Common Sense Media reports that teens are spending more than one-third of their days using media such as online video or music — nearly nine hours on average. More than 50% check their mobile phones after they've gone to bed. That’s a problem, because answering texts and scrolling through social media is mentally and emotionally stimulating, which leads to disturbed sleep. Many teens reported that they also regularly reached for their phones, often just out of habit, when they woke up in the middle of the night.
Here are some tips from Mobicip:
- Limit smartphone use before bed. Setup a device free family-time 90 minutes before bedtime.
- Keep your phone in a location that prevents you from seeing, hearing or even reaching for it at night
- Use a tool with screen time and family-time settings to schedule allowed screen time and instantly lock all family devices before bedtime.
- Read a book or write a journal before going to bed
- Make sleep a priority. Maintain a sleep diary and decide what you need to change for your teenager to get enough sleep to stay healthy, happy, and smart!
Writing credit: Authored by Anitha, a mother of two children with interests in EdTech and a strong advocate for Digital Citizenship.
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