Trouble Waking Up - Part 2: Teens
Last week we took a look at the trouble adults have waking up and why waking up is such a struggle for some people. Why do teens seem to have more trouble than adults when it comes to getting up? Teens are younger and we expect teens to have more energy!
Waking up may be more difficult for teens for a number of reasons:
- Enough sleep - sleep studies indicate that teenagers need approximately nine to 10 hours of sleep in order to feel refreshed during the day. This is because teens have an increased sleep requirement at the time when social engagements and peer pressure cause a reduction in sleep time.
- Melatonin - which is like a sleep inducer is a hormone that usually releases itself at night times. Teenagers only release this hormone at about 1 am at night. This means that even if they try to go to bed, they don’t feel like sleeping until quite late. This then has a knock on effect when they have to wake up in the morning.
- Lifestyle factors - such as an early school start times deprive them of the required sleep-in. There is evidence that around the time of becoming a teenager, there is also a shift in the sleep-wake cycle to being sleepy later in the evening with a preference for waking later.
- Electronics - TV, gaming consoles, iPods, mobile phones, computers and such can cause teens to sleep late but studies show that these are just ways that teens resort to help stay awake because he or she can’t go to sleep.
- Comfort - get teens involved in decorating their rooms and ensure the bedroom is their retreat. Help teens find a comfortable bed with a mattress designed for their growing teen body. We like the comfort and value of our Bedshed Dreamsense Kidz mattresses and Sealy Posturepedic Singles mattresses.
Finally, to help curb issues with waking up, help them learn calm activities and a relaxing bedtime routine. Teens will need time to establish a sleep and waking pattern that includes disconnecting from their heightened alertness!