“OK MOM! You can stop Googling this now…” Something your teenager has probably said to you many times! Bedtime routines are always hard (remember those sleepLESS toddler years?) Now your teenager’s morning routine seems even harder! Shouting “Get up!” 50 times isn’t very appealing every morning.
So the question remains, does your teen sleep too much? Maybe – and there may be an explanation for it:
According to the National Sleep Foundation – Your circadian rhythm is basically a 24-hour internal clock that is running in the background of your brain and cycles between sleepiness and alertness at regular intervals. It’s also known as your sleep/wake cycle. Before your teen hits puberty, their internal “bedtime” clock was 8:00 or 9:00 PM (for example). As their bodies change, so does their circadian rhythm, causing them to feel more alert at night, say 11:00 PM or later!
Maybe it’s not all their fault after all! Either way, we have some tips to help with your teenager’s bedtime routine:
How late is your teen staying up on the weekends? Having 2-3 days of staying up late/waking up late is going to make it difficult for them to switch to early mornings come Monday. Watch their weekend cycles.
- Lights Out
Turn off the lights an hour or two before bed and set a bedtime! Even if your teenager is not asleep by 11:00 PM, they should know 10:30 PM is bedtime and they need to be in their bed, lights out!
Pick out clothes, pack lunch, decide on breakfast, etc. are a few things your teen can prep the night before. Prepping can make mornings easier!
- Power Off
Set a rule of powering all electronics off an hour before bedtime.
- Stress less
Chiropractic adjustments can help decrease the effects of stress. The more stress, the less sleep. Get your teenager into our Appleton chiropractic office to see Dr. Dan to help with this!
We all KNOW how important sleep is, it’s just hard to get enough of it. Are you having difficulties with your teen and sleep? Give us a call to chat about how chiropractic care can help! (920) 882-4000!