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Health Information For Teens
I go to bed on time but sometimes I lie there for a while and can’t fall asleep. What should I do? – Thomas*
rhythm mean it can be hard for teens to fall asleep sometimes.
If you find yourself lying awake in bed thinking about everything from your homework to whether it’s your turn to walk the dog in the morning, you may need a sleep reboot. Try this:
Getting up for a short while can help if you have trouble falling asleep sometimes or if you occasionally wake up and can’t go back to sleep. But you don’t want to have to do it every night. If you have trouble falling asleep, it’s best to train your body to wind down and relax with a pre-sleep routine each night. Doctors call this “good sleep hygiene.”
Good sleep hygiene includes activities that signal the body it’s time to sleep, like going to bed at the same time each night, shutting down technology, and keeping your room dark. It also includes avoiding caffeine or other stimulants for several hours before bedtime.
It can help to treat sleep like any other goal: build a plan that helps you focus on it and get the results you want!
*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.
Find out what the experts have to say.
Sending and receiving messages late at night can disrupt your sleep and leave you tired and unfocused when it’s time for school.
Teens need about 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night. But you might not be getting it. Here’s why – and tips for getting more shut-eye.
Insomnia can be a big problem for teens. Read our tips on getting a good night’s sleep.
Sleep problems can keep some teens awake at night even when they want to sleep. If that sounds like you, find out what you can do.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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