5 sleep-stealers for teens

Children between the ages of 13 and 18 years old need 8 to 9 hours of sleep a night. Is your teen getting that much sleep? Doubtful.

Teenagers can be a moody bunch even with enough sleep. But things can get even worse if they aren’t consistently getting a good night’s rest.

Take a look at these 5 sleep-stealers for teens. If you’re seeing these get in the way of your teenager’s rest, it’s time to take action.

  • Cell phones (for phone calls and texting)
  • Television
  • The Internet
  • Caffeinated beverages
  • Old or inappropriate pillows

Items 1 through 4 are tough for parents to control. Part of being a teenager is getting more independence and making your own decisions. However, if you can’t get a handle on those, try addressing number 5.

If your teen is using the same pillow they used a couple of years ago, you’re going to want to shop for a new pillow. It can make a dramatic difference in the quality of sleep your teen is getting.

Not sure where to start? Have your teenager find out his Zzzz score. From there you’ll be able to find out his specific sleep struggles and needs, helping you both make the best purchase.