14 Jun Put the Bad Habits to Bed: Sleep deprivation and emotional challenges in teens
“Sleep is for the weak.” WRONG. The idea of staying up late, scrolling social media, Netflix binging, or playing one more game, is extremely appealing to teens. Dozing off the next day isn’t the only effect that comes from sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivations and emotional challenges in teens are directly related.
Educate yourself and your teen on the negative effects staying up late can have on them and everyone around them. A good day really starts the night before when you allow yourself to get good rest.
Wake Up To The Facts
Adolescents who have night-owl tendencies are more likely to develop insomnia and suffer from behavioral/emotional issues. Night-owls are 88 percent more likely to have emotional and behavioral problems than other teens and 25 percent more likely to have poor mental health.
Insomnia has been linked directly to depression and anxiety. Without a reasonable amount of sleep, your ability to function becomes more difficult. Decision-making, regulating emotions, and interacting with others can feel overwhelming and like huge tasks. Your teen’s biological clock plays a role in their sleeping behaviors. You probably know that you can’t control their biological clock, BUT there are some control measures you can help them put into action.
Seek a Successful Snooze
Good sleep habits can either help already present distress in your teen’s life and/or help prevent it. Everyone has different ways of putting themselves to bed, but there are common tricks that work for most people. Help your teen find their fit so that they are on their way to a positive next day!
• Do not use mobile phones, tablets, laptops, or other forms of technology with bright lights while in bed at night.
• Stay away from bright lights for at least 30 minutes before bedtime.
• Do not engage in activities that make you think (e.g., homework or video games) for at least 30 minutes before bedtime or while in bed at night.
• Start relax at least 30 minutes before bedtime. (e.g., take a shower or listen to music)
• Exercise regularly at least three hours before bedtime.
• Expose yourself to bright light early in the morning and afternoon. (e.g., go outside during lunch rather than play video games inside.)
• Have an area for study that is separate from where you sleep.
• Take time to enjoy yourself and be a teenager!
• Create your desired environment for sleeping (e.g., ceiling fan on and door closed for complete darkness)
ViewPoint Center can help
ViewPoint Center is a therapeutic assessment facility open to boys and girls ages 12-17 who struggle with mental health disorders. The 3-track program is dedicated to providing students with a comprehensive evaluation, individual and family therapy, and an individualized treatment plan. The ViewPoint Center is a safe and nurturing environment that gives students the stability they need to recreate themselves and move forward towards a happy, healthy future. We can help your family today!
Contact us at 855-290-9682.