Did you know that the average teenager needs about nine hours of sleep a night, and some need even more than that, in order to be fully alert during the day? However, 90% of teens report never sleeping this much, and most get seven and a half hours of sleep, tops.
The Impact a Lack of Sleep Has on Your Body
* Poor performance — fatigue can influence how well teenagers can pay attention in school, remember what they’ve learned, and take tests. According to Web MD, lack of sleep has the basic effect of “dumbing you down.”
* Safety hazards — about 100,000 auto crashes every year are the result of fatigue, and the age group that experiences the most fatigue related accidents? You got it: individuals under the age of 25.
* A chronic lack of sleep can influence your health for the short and long term. In the short term, your immune system is more vulnerable to attack, leading to illness — in the long term, you’re more at risk for developing all sorts health issues.
Clearly, sleep disorders, and a general lack of sleep simply aren’t good for teenagers. But what can you do to combat this issue and avoid these side effects?
How to Get a Better Night Sleep
* Establish a more natural sleep routine. Teenagers who sleep in until 3pm on Sunday and have to get up at 6am on Monday often experience a sort of jet-lag from the disruption to their circadian rhythms. Try getting to bed a little earlier on the weekends so that you can wake up before 11am.
* Try changing up your mattress, pillow, and sheets. There is no “right” bed for everyone, and some people find that their optimal bed comfort isn’t a hard mattress like they thought, but a soft one, or visa versa. Adjustable beds are also an option and can potentially be helpful for temporary relief of low back pain as well.
There are different methods for getting a good night’s rest. What methods have you found helpful for ensuring a full night’s rest? Have you ever used an adjustable bed mattress? Give us a call to find out how an adjustable bed may help you and your loved ones get a good night’s rest.
Craftmatic® Adjustable Beds equipped with optional heat and massage also may provide temporary relief from: • Low Back Pain • Minor Aches and Pains Due to Muscular Fatigue or Overexertion • Edema or Swelling of the Legs • Poor Local Blood Circulation of the Legs • Symptoms of Hiatus Hernia • Nighttime Heartburn • Symptoms of Gastric Reflux • The optional heating accessory provides temporary relief from Mild Arthritis and Joint Pain, as well as Muscle Pain Associated with Stress and Tension • Sleeping in an upright position may Reduce or Ease Light and Occasional Snoring.