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How can I improve my teen's sleep habits?

Changing the sleep habits of a young person takes a concerted effort, starting with a simple conversation about the value and importance of sleep. This may not go over too well with teenagers who prefer to stay up late, but as with everyone else, their morning wake-up call doesn’t usually change. So to get more sleep, you have to be an enforcer:

• Change the bedtime routine and get to bed sooner.

• Set limits on things like electronics, television viewing, and engaging in stimulating activities.

• Maintain sound sleep environments.
 

Limiting your teen’s cell phone time can help her sleep better, says psychologist Dr. Jennifer Hartstein. Watch this video to learn other ways to help your kid get more rest.

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