Friday, March 07, 2008

Teens and Sleep

Teen Sleep
Most teens don't get enough sleep! Sam, our 18 year old, is working full time and has to be up before 8am on weekdays and most Saturdays. She is very good about being up in plenty of time and making sure she is well-groomed for her work as an Optical Advisor, no matter how tired she feels.

But there is such a temptation to burn the candle at both ends by staying out late with her friends - especially on a Friday night when they are all off the following day but Sam usually has to work!

Sam's Dad has to discuss this with her fairly regularly, as she will agree to be home at a sensible time, and stick to it for a while before slipping up and yielding to the temptation to stay out until the early hours.

I guess sometimes we need to let our children learn from the natural consequences of their own actions. It's probably a much more effective lesson for Sam to learn to regulate her own sleep by experiencing the exhaustion of getting up early after a late night, than just by her Dad and I "telling" her that she needs more sleep!

Most teens need at least 9 hours sleep a night ... the trick is encouraging them to realize this...!

Happy sleep for your teens!


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