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Know! To Use Your Senses for Optimal Sleep
We know the importance of teens getting the 8-10 hours of sleep their bodies and minds desperately need, as well as the many negative consequences of sleep deprivation, including the link to substance use. Now that we know how much sleep our children need, let’s take a look at what we can do to help them achieve quality sleep.
According to research by the National Sleep Foundation, small changes in the bedroom can make a big difference when it comes to a good night’s sleep. The experts say to simply use your senses.
SIGHT - Keep it Dark: Light and darkness are powerful indicators for our bodies to know when it’s time to sleep and wake. Artificial light after dark (including that of a cell phone) can send false “wake-up” signals to the brain, making it difficult to fall asleep. Early morning sunlight peeking through a curtain can also activate the body, causing one to wake sooner than desired. Keep your bedroom dark and if you need to get up through the night, use a nightlight as your guide.
HEARING - Use White Noise: A fan or sound conditioner, for example, creates a consistent background noise that helps to eliminate or at least soften the sounds of other activity going on around you, like a bathroom door closing through the night or cars passing by.