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Get Some Sleep


Having trouble sleeping? One out of four teenagers experience difficulty sleeping. It is important to recognize the role sleep plays in a teenager's life. Without sleep, we are all less effective at school, work, play, and at nearly every arena of life. To succeed, and to feel much better, it is paramount to get a good night's rest. Teenagers should average around eight to nine hours of sleep a night. Here are a few handy tips about how to achieve this.

Create a calm, consistent environment to fall asleep in every night.
Let your body know it is time to relax and sleep by going to bed at the same time, in the same way. For example, if reading a book makes you drowsy, try and find a good book to drift off to at around the same time each night.

Stay active all day.
Aim for about an hour of physical activity a day. You will be worn out and ready for sleep at night. Also, you will feel less stress and feel more emotionally well-adjusted by exercising. Just remember to not work out right before bed-time, as this will keep you awake.

Avoid technology.
Keep your room free of electronic stuff an hour before bed. Video games, computer websites, cell phones, etc. will all make you want to stay up.

Mentally expect a great night's rest.
If you fret about your night's sleep during the day, you are less likely to sleep well. A common sign of insomnia is a persistent fear of losing sleep throughout the day. Consciously tell yourself, "Tonight I will sleep great!" The power of the mind is a wonderful thing.

It is ok to have a bad night's sleep every now and then. We all have had them and we will all have them again. However, if bad sleep becomes a constant theme in your life and your happiness suffers because of it, then it is time to consult a doctor or another professional resource.




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