It's Okay to Let 'em Sleep
It’s as important as the air they breathe but the National Sleep Foundation says only about 15 percent of teens get eight-and-a-half hours of sleep on school nights. They need about eight to 10.
“Too little sleep can have a significant impact on attention and memory formation,” said CHI Health child and adolescent psychiatrist Kayla Pope, MD. “And that can interfere with school performance. Sleep deprivation can also lead to depression and can impair the body’s immune system.”
How do you ensure enough shut-eye? Pope’s suggestions:
- Go to bed and awaken at the same time every day, even on weekends.
- Create a routine that signals your brain to recognize you’re getting ready to sleep.
- Engage in soothing activities like reading or listening to soft music – no iPads or Snapchat allowed.