Is Your Teen Sleep Deprived?

Sleep deprivation can happen in every age group – from infants to teens, and on up to the elderly.

Not getting the right amount of sleep can adversely affect anyone’s physical health and mental health. If your teen is regularly falling asleep during class, or seems to have trouble staying awake during regular daytime hours, you may find yourself wondering, “Is my teen getting enough sleep?”

Sleep is one of those things you don’t really think about, until you are forced to go without and remain exhausted. Even without clinical sleep disorders, the majority of teens are sleep-deprived – usually stemming from copious amounts of homework assignments. Sleep is often disrupted during stressful periods of time, such as exams or relationship issues. If your teen’s mind has gone into overdrive, making it impossible for your teen to relax, read on for how to help.

Just How Much is Enough?

On average, teens need about 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night in order to keep their bodies forming at optimal level. Most teens do not get anywhere near that much sleep, with one study reporting that only 15% were getting 8.5 hours on school nights. The majority of teens suffer from chronic insomnia, meaning they are unable to fall asleep (or stay asleep), resulting in them not being fully rested for their day. Regularly missing sleep impacts every aspect of a teen’s life – relationships, schoolwork, and of course, their mood. Many teens who suffer from sleep deprivation are irritable, have significant mood swings, and are often depressed.

One of the best ways to ensure your teen has the best possible chance of getting enough sleep is to have “quiet time” for at least an hour before bed. Keep your teen’s activities limited to reading, writing, or other relaxing activities that do not require electronic devices. One recent study of almost 10,000 teens ages 16 – 19 found that the use of electronics before bed resulted in the teen getting less sleep.

Quiet Time

If you think your teen may be sleep deprived, seeking professional help may be the best solution for you and your whole family. At Elevations RTC, they offer a tested approach in which every student’s progress is guided by a highly skilled treatment team. This team includes:

  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Full-time, 7-day per week nursing team

Because of the facility’s size, they are able to replicate more realistic social dynamics, which allows teens to learn to cope with social pressures, and other issues. If your teen is sleep -deprived, Elevations RTC will get to the bottom of it to find out why, and develop an integrated therapeutic approach, while offering skilled treatment in academics, clinical areas, milieu areas, recreational activities, and medical areas. Their approach is tested, proven, and guaranteed to be the best option for your sleep–deprived teen.

Elevations RTC is a program that specializes in both therapy and excellent academics for teens. To find out more, call us at .

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