Sleep Problems in Teenagers

Sleep Problems in Teenagers

Donna Costa

The recent studies help scientists to better understand the importance of sleep during childhood and adolescence years.  The deprivation of sleep in modern society is having a catastrophic impact on health, wellness, even the safety and education of teens and children.

 

Sleep and Learning

When we sleep, brain does an important job. It registers memories and knowledge created during the day, finds connections with the old memories and experiences. For young kids, brain’s good quality sleep is essential to save the daily learned information at the school. Sleep is the most important factor for the good health and academic performance of the teenagers.

 

Sleep Deprivation of Teenagers

Sleep deprivation and insomnia are very common in teenage years due to:

  • Long hours of exposure to blue light and electro-magnetic field from their environment
  • Staying up late and wake up early to catch the school time on weekdays
  • The irregularity of sleep pattern from hormonal fluctuations
  • Lack of physical activity during the day

 sleeping teenager

 

  • Mood disorders, depression and anxiety
  • Genetically coded to be a late-night sleeper
  • Extreme use of cell phone, video games and computers

     sleeping teenager holding cellphone

    • Using stimulants, alcohol or drugs impairing normal sleep cycle
    • Thinking having long sleep is a sign of weakness or not being popular
    • Partying and hanging out till early morning hours with peers

     teenagers partying

     

    Harmful Effects of Sleep Disturbance

    The harmful effects of sleep disturbance are stronger in adolescencebecause their brain is still developing. Sleep deprived teens show serious health, behavioral and social problems. Deprived sleep and insomnia can cause daytime drowsiness, irritability, poor judgement and memory problems, which all lead to poor academic performance of the teens. Some of these consequences last in their life time.

    Sleep problems impact the memory registration therefore creates more forgetful teens who can’t learn new things. It also effects immune system, make teenagers more vulnerable to different diseases.

    One clinical study from UK showed sleep problems in teen years are a risk factor for anti-social and criminal activities in adulthood. Other studies also have shown that sleep deprivation limits function of the brain’s prefrontal cortex. This part of the brain helps regulate attention levels, empathy, as well as control impulsive and emotional behavior.

    The parents, educators are need to be alarmed when the teens show sign of insomnia. They should search for safe ways to help teens get more sleep to improve their mental and physical health, academic and social performance.

     

     

    Natural Sleep Patterns and Productivity

     Recent studies show if teens are left to follow their naturally preferred sleep pattern, they become much more productive. Pushing teens too far out of their natural clock can lead to more serious sleep disorders. That can have many negative physiological consequences, even their sensitivity to insulin and glucose changes, which can cause weight gain.


    Changing the school routine to late mornings for night owls shows significant improvement on teen’s health and wellness. Recently some high schools are starting later hours of the day for better life and performance of the sleep deprived teens. 

     

    BB Weighted Blankets for Teenage Sleep Issues

    Our BB Weighted Blankets are also the safe sleep aids which can improve teenagers' sleep patterns and mood, by applying good effect of both weight and Far Infrared Rays during their sleep hours.

     

    References:

    Teens and Sleep

    Lack of sleep is 'epidemic' among Canadian teens. Here's why it has doctors worried

    Why Sleep Should be Every Student's Priority

    Positive effects of a weighted blanket on insomnia