Can Your Teenager Ever Get Enough Sleep? Probably Not…
The teenage years are a critical developmental period. Both the brain and the body are in the process of transitioning from childhood to adulthood – and some significant changes are taking place.
When teens sleep, their brains are busy processing all they’ve learned during the day. Sleep helps their thinking become sharper and increases their ability to make better thought-out decisions – which leads to improved academic performance and more regulated emotions.
Sleep also helps organs function more efficiently. It boosts the immune system, allows muscles and tissues to recover, and helps regulate hormones. Growth hormones are released during sleep, so those eight hours a night are helping your teen grow into the fabulous adult they’re meant to be!
Lack of sleep can cause behavioural problems, poor decision-making, poor emotional development, and even contribute to mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression.
If that wasn’t reason enough for your teen to hit the hay, proper sleep can also help them maintain a healthy weight, have more energy, and even improve their skin.
Teenagers should get between eight to ten hours of quality sleep every night, but particularly on school nights.
Biologically, teens may be more inclined to stay up late and sleep in – according to SleepFoundation.org, a child’s biological clock shifts forward in adolescence as melatonin is released later in the evening. Instead of feeling drowsy, teens tend to become more alert at night, while they will still be feeling sleepy in the morning.
That means helping your teen get more sleep requires a two-pronged approach to tackle both evening and morning routines.
There are many teenagers in need of a safe home across the UK. If you think you can provide a comfortable place for a teen in your community to rest their head at night, please get in touch today.
Become a Foster Parent
Your fostering journey with us begins with a conversation. Start your journey today.
We pride ourselves in being big enough to support, small enough to care.
Request a Brochure
Learn all there is to know about foster care and the benefits of joining Compass.