How to Sleep Better: 5 Tips for Teenagers
Let Your Teen Know How Important Sleep Is!
Did you know that sleep deprivation increases a teen’s risk for various health and behavior problems? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), unless children and adolescents get the recommended 8 to 10 hours of sleep per day, they’ll likely experience trouble with schoolwork, anxiety, depression, thoughts of suicide, and suicide attempts.
If you’re dealing with a sleep-deprived teenager, you’ll want to emphasize the importance of sleep and engage them in open conversations about it.
Tips to Help Your Teen Sleep Better
Enforcing bedtime with younger children can be tough, but it’s trickier with teenagers. Unless they understand that getting more sleep will make them feel better, they’re unlikely to change their sleep habits. The good news is that as a parent, you can do a few things to help your teen get better sleep. Kids Car Donations has compiled these tips to get you started:
- Stick to a consistent sleep schedule.
The human body feels prepared to fall asleep and wake up when it needs to if it goes to bed and wakes up at about the same time every day, even on weekends. If your teener goes to bed late on Fridays and wakes up much later on Saturdays, their body would suffer. For this reason, sticking to regular sleep and wake times will help regulate your teen’s internal clock and create a healthy sleep routine for them.
- Limit caffeine intake during the day.
Since caffeine is a stimulant, it disrupts sleep by keeping a person awake and alert. While it’s good to have in the morning, it can leave your teen tossing and turning in bed at night. Your teen will sleep better if they limit their caffeine during the day and switch to caffeine-free drinks in the evening.
- Create the right sleep conditions.
Your teen can sleep better if their bedroom is dark, cool, and quiet. Consider using blackout curtains or encourage them to use an eye mask to block unwanted light. Moreover, remove distractions like a TV, computer, and smartphone from their bedroom. Remind them to use their bed primarily for sleep and relaxation, not for studying or other activities.
- Encourage exposure to natural light.
Natural light exposure during the day helps regulate your teen’s sleep-wake cycle. Encouraging them to spend time outdoors in the morning can help reset their internal clock and improve their alertness during the day and promote better sleep at night.
- Model good sleep habits.
You’re not exactly sending the right message if your teen sees you pull an all-nighter for work yourself or if you stay up until the wee hours of the morning to help with their homework. If you want your teen to sleep better, you need to set a good example by making sleep a priority for yourself. Doing so will help them understand that sleep is vital to a healthy lifestyle.
Want to Help Other Sleepless Teens in Your Community?
Sleeping can be a problem for people who worry a lot. They include those children and adolescents in your local community who are beset with serious illness, injury, or disability. Their pain and anxiety are felt by their families as well. Worse, many of those kids who come from low-income families are unable to get access to proper treatment due to money woes.
You can easily help them. All you have to do is donate any vehicle you no longer need to us at Kids Car Donations. We’ll turn your old car into a tool for reviving the health of the ailing kids in your community.
We’ll auction off your car and use the proceeds to support the pediatric healthcare programs of our IRS-certified 501(c)(3) charity partners. These nonprofits use the funding we give them to provide their young beneficiaries with comprehensive medical assistance including free treatments and therapies, emotional support, relief of pain and trauma during hospital confinement, and other vital healthcare services. These nonprofits also provide underprivileged pediatric patients with access to free social services and educational resources.
As a donor, you’ll have the privilege of enjoying our fast and free pickup and towing service no matter where your vehicle is parked or stored anywhere in the country.
What’s more, your charitable contribution will entitle you to claim the highest possible tax deduction in the next tax-filing season.
However, these material rewards may pale in comparison to the priceless joy of knowing that you’re doing something that can save a youngster’s life.
Since we accept nearly all vehicle types, don’t hesitate to donate a car, truck, van, RV, boat, or any specialty vehicle even if it’s no longer in good condition.
Help Ailing Kids Today!
Your vehicle donation can help ailing children and teens navigate their medical journey with hope and resilience. Call Kids Car Donations at 866-634-8395 or fill out our secure online donation form now!