Preserving Your Teen's Sleep
By Donna Stark
I don't like a lot of noise, but I do realize that noises are necessary in life. Noises like the ding signaling the end to a load of wash, a beep from a car warning of an impending crash, and the cry from a newborn letting everyone know that attention is needed. Some noises are obviously more pleasing than others and some can bring millions of people to tears if they are beautiful enough, but there are some noises that I simply can't stand, and they are the ones who come out of my teenager's room, late at night, when she is trying to fall asleep.
Noises at Night
Those late night vibrations, beeps, and pings that your child's phone makes aren't super loud, but they may be just enough to distract bedtime routines and interrupt sleep. And honestly, getting your teens to bed is hard enough, so when their electronic devices and cellphones are added to the mix? Well, it can be as impossible as a long-tailed cat in a rocking chair factory trying to avoid getting hurt! Here are some tips that your teens can follow to make sure they get the rest they need.
- Set limits - Creating time guidelines for the use of devices at night is a great way to establish healthy behaviors for your teens. It's also a subtle way of letting their friends know that they can't be reached after a certain hour.
- Turn off the phone - Setting the phone to vibrate when it is time for bed isn't the same as turning it off. The buzz that comes from vibrations can be just as loud as other notifications in the dead of night when everything else is quiet, so preserve their sleep and turn it off!
- Powering off devices - If your teens keep all of their electronic devices, such as laptops, tablets, televisions, or video game consoles in their bedrooms, you should power them down and turn them off as well. Not because they make a lot of noise, but because the blinking lights and glowing screens can make it harder to fall and stay asleep.
- Remove completely - If the temptation is still too great for your teens, have them charge their devices overnight in a separate room or hallway. While the device's battery is restoring, they can get the sleep they need in order to recharge their very own battery, all without having to fight the temptation to check their social media "one last time."
Make Sleep a Priority
Just like the long-tailed cat trying to avoid a smashed tail, it can certainly be quite the challenge for your teens to turn their technology off at night, but it's important to not give up! Hopefully, they will understand that in addition to improving their sleep, sticking to healthy bedtime behaviors will also help them improve their overall health and wellness!
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