Sleep: Why it’s Important and How to Get More

By Kat Polk

Sleep is something that most people love, and everyone needs. We all work hard every day, and it is difficult to function properly with a lack of sleep. It is recommended that teenagers get at least 8 to 10 hours of sleep every night. Recent surveys show that teenagers average 7 hours of sleep each night. This shows that teenagers are not getting enough sleep. Sometimes, it’s hard for teens to get enough sleep because of homework and school. On top of that, most teenagers have to wake up early in order to get to school on time. It is important to use effective time management skills in order to get enough sleep every night.

Why Teens Need Sleep

Studies show that lack of sleep can cause difficulty thinking and weight gain. It can even weaken your immune system. When you don’t get enough sleep, you cannot think properly and you may even experience memory loss. On top of all that, lack of sleep can even make you more accident prone. This means that young drivers, who don’t get enough sleep, are much more likely to get into a car crash. In this situation, lack of sleep can be deadly.

Lack of sleep has a negative impact on your health, but getting enough sleep can have many positive effects. For example, by getting enough sleep you lower your risk for serious health problems like cancer or diabetes. It also improves your mood and reduces stress. Getting 8-10 hours of sleep will also help you think more clearly and function much better.

How to Get More Sleep

It can be difficult to get enough sleep. Though it’s difficult to change the time you need to wake up in the morning, it can be easier to adjust the time you go to bed in order to maximize your sleep time.

It can be hard to go to bed at a decent hour when you have mountains of homework to do. This is exactly why time management skills are important. The main reason that teens are up so late at night is because they are doing homework. The reason that teens end up doing homework late at night is because they procrastinate. Getting home and starting on your homework after a short break is a great way to eliminate procrastination. If you start your homework earlier, then you will finish it earlier, giving you more time to go to bed.

Establish a nightly routine and start it at the same time each night. Doing this will allow your body to develop its own schedule so falling asleep will be easier. Figure out what time you need to be asleep by in order to get around eight and a half hours of sleep. For example, if you wake up at 6:00, count back eight and a half hours. After doing that you should find that you need to be asleep by 9:30 in order to get enough sleep. Now allow yourself at least 45 minutes to fall asleep. This means that if you wake up at 6:00 you need to be in bed by 8:45 in order to ensure that you get at least eight and a half hours of sleep.

With good time management skills you will be able to get enough sleep every night. You will finally be able to wake up refreshed and able to function.