Do You Need More Sleep?

Claudia Kinser – Sophomore – February 1, 2017

Between cell phones, chores, homework, personal time, eating, taking a shower, and wanting to watch TV, your average teenager does not have enough time to get the sleep they need. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), teens need an average of 9.5 hours of sleep everyday. When you don’t get enough sleep, you are potentially harming yourself. Inadequate sleep could result in a struggle to pay attention, especially at school, and a lower energy level. While you sleep, your brain takes time to sort memories, and allows your brain to develop and grow. Sleeping also helps your body conserve energy.sleep

Here are some helpful tips to get a better, peaceful sleep!

-Take a warm shower or bath to help your body relax.

-Make a dark sleep environment for yourself. This means turning your phone screen off!

-It could be helpful to eliminate distractions such as phones, TV, computers, and sometimes even books.

-Create a before-bed schedule, and stick to it

-Moderate how much you eat and drink

-And finally, sleep in a comfortable position that suits you best!

Sources: CDC and BBC

 

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