Sleep Environment Basics for Teenagers

Posted by Darian Dozier on Jan 7, 2024 2:59:00 PM

Sleep is a vital component of our overall health, especially for teenagers who are undergoing rapid physical, mental, and emotional changes. Yet, many teens grapple with sleep issues due to various factors, one of which is the sleep environment. Creating a conducive sleep environment can significantly enhance the quality of sleep. Here's a deep dive into the basics every teenager should know.

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Strategies for Negotiating Bedtimes for Teens

Posted by Darian Dozier on Dec 31, 2023 10:40:40 AM

The teenage years are a time of profound growth, exploration, and transformation, both physically and mentally. As adolescents navigate the challenges and opportunities of this pivotal stage, sleep plays a crucial role in their overall well-being, academic performance, and emotional health. However, negotiating sleep with a teenager can often feel like navigating uncharted territory, filled with late nights, varying sleep schedules, and evolving preferences. In this blog post, we'll explore practical strategies and tips for negotiating sleep with a teenager, fostering healthy habits, and promoting restful nights for the entire family.

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Back to School Tips for Kids and Teens

Posted by Darian Dozier on Sep 11, 2023 7:31:00 PM

Quality sleep is vital for your child's functioning and academic success. Sleep deprivation in children can look similar to adults, but it can also differ. Academic performance is going to be one of the main players in how you can recognize when your child is not getting enough sleep.

One way to ensure that your child does get enough sleep is to ensure that when school starts, they are back on track with their sleep schedule. The summer is a looser time without many time commitments or time-restraints. Therefore, parents normally are more relaxed about when their children go to bed and when they wake up.

Transitioning back to school can take some readjustment in many areas of their lives, including a sleep schedule. Continue reading to learn more about how to get your child back on track with their sleep schedule for a good start to the year. 

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Screen Time and Insomnia in Teens

Posted by Darian Dozier on Sep 8, 2023 7:05:00 PM

Three and four teenagers, and 96% of teens between the ages of 15 and 17 bring technology into the bedroom. This can lead to the average adolescent getting up to nine hours of screen time per day. The growing use of electronics between school, home and extracurriculars has its benefits. But it also has its drawbacks.

The effect of blue light can severely interrupt the flow of melatonin from the brain as its controlled by light. Melatonin is required to help the body prepare for bed. Blue light emitted from cell phones is very strong due to how small the screens are. Almost 67% of teenagers have a regular sleep schedule less than the recommended amount of time for their age group.  Continue reading to learn more about how screen time can impact the development of insomnia in teens.

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Teens and Sleep

Posted by Darian Dozier on Mar 25, 2022 7:17:00 AM

Teens are going through a very weird time in life where they are trying to figure out who they are, who they want to be, and some of that process may involve some defiant behaviors and attitudes. One of the things they may rebel against, or have trouble attaining, is sleep. Teens need sleep just like kids any other age, but there are a number of barriers that may be disrupting that. Continue reading to find out more about teens and sleep.

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