Young adults need to get around 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night and only 15% of teens say that they get 8½ hours of sleep on school nights. The effects of sleep deprivation upon youth is really starting to show in their physical and emotional health.
There are many reasons that teens aren't getting enough sleep. Many teens contribute their lack of sleep to extracurricular activities such as sports and clubs, overwhelming amounts of homework, part-time jobs, social gatherings, anxiety, and other factors to their sleeplessness.
There are endless amounts of healthy habits to get into to improve the overall quality and amount of sleep you get.
- Stick to a strict bedtime and wake up routine, even on the weekends, try to consistently go to bed and wake up at the same time.
- Avoid drinking anything with caffeination anywhere from 4 to 6 hours before you regularly go to sleep.
- Avoid procrastinating. Try doing all your homework immediately when you get home, so that you have more time to relax and get more sleep.
- Try to not take naps. This throws off your sleep cycle and makes it even harder to fall back into a routine.
- Finally, escape the habit of being on electronics before you go to bed. The light emitted from the screen makes it harder for your brain to allow you to go to sleep.