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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

College Competency #26

Waking up early on a Monday morning is tough for anyone, especially teens who crave sleep. Teenage brains need at least 8.5 hours of sleep to perform well in sports and school, be alert at the wheel, and get along with family and friends.

Make It Happen Ideas:

·       Cut back on caffeine – coffee, chocolate, energy drinks, and soda are common culprits. recommends that teens consume no more than 100 mg of caffeine daily. Try a cup of herbal tea or flavored water instead.

·       Ask your teen to analyze her schedule. Is she trying to fit too much into one night? Cutting back on even one activity might be the trick to getting to bed on time.

·       Enjoy calm, quiet activities later in the evening like bedtime yoga, meditation, or an Epsom salt bath (the magnesium relaxes muscles and promotes relaxation).

·       Turn the bedroom into a retreat – cell phones on silent, monitors on sleep mode to limit blue light, cool air temp, and cozy covers.

·       Consult with your family doctor if sleep does not improve. Conditions like sleepwalking, apnea or chronic insomnia may be symptomatic of a medical condition that requires treatment.

Beverly Gillen





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