How can I improve my teen's sleep habits?
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.
We know teens don't get enough sleep already. We know that it affects their school performance, and we're trying to promote the best school performance,
we need to get them sleeping.
Sleep hygiene is hard for everybody, but for teenagers especially, it's a real challenge. So it's important to start teaching them appropriate sleep
habits early. Because if you don't, they're going to have a harder time concentrating, they're going to have a harder time regulating emotion,
they're going to have a harder time getting things done and being effective. We know teens don't get enough sleep already. We know that it affects their school performance,
and we're trying to promote the best school performance, we need to get them sleeping. So in order to do that, take the computers out
of their room at night. Have a rule the computers get shut off at a certain time. Take their cell phones away. Teens will sleep with their cell phones next to them,
and their friends will be texting them till 2:00 and 3:00 in the morning. Take it away. Tell them they can have it back the next day,
and you won't necessarily check it, but get all of the electronics shut off. Because if they're in their room, they're going to be engaged with them,
and they will not sleep, impacting their morning routine, impacting their ability to focus and be participated in the day. In addition to computers and cell phones,
which we always talk about, we want to think about TV usage too. And teens are watching TV late in the night or playing video games late in the night,
so you want to really monitor screen time all the way around. Any screen that they may be part of, you want to be able to shut down at a certain time at night
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