Adolescents and young adults should be getting 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep every night. Sleep is controlled by the body’s “circadium rhythms” and these can be affected by a number of factors. Here are some tips to help you get the sleep you need.
- Avoid caffeinated drinks after lunch
- Avoid bright light in the evening
- Avoid stimulating activities around bedtime, especially playing video games and texting, watching tv and having intense or emotionally charged conversations.
- Expose yourself to bright light when you wake up in the morning.
- When you do get a chance to sleep in, try not to sleep more than 2–3 hours past your usual wake up time.
- Avoid pulling an “all-nighter”.
If you are still having trouble sleeping, please call our office and schedule an appointment for a visit, your doctor or nurse practitioner can help you figure out what’s causing your sleep disruption and help you get the sleep you need.