YOU DON’T HAVE to watch TV or read much of a magazine these days to see advertisements on health food, dietary supplements, and the latest gizmo health machine. All of this health information can be enough to get your head in a spin. However, one of the most important ‘health foods’ many of us forget is to get enough sleep. Sleep truly is the food for your brain cells. When you are sleeping a wide variety of bodily functions are going on, like repairing the skin on your face, and replenishing your tired muscles. When you don’t get enough sleep, you will surely be much moodier. Therefore, it will be easier for you to lose your cool, and snap at people. Your face will look tired and dull, and you will not achieve your peak performance at “school.
IMPORTANT THINGS You Should Know About Sleep
NOT MANY PEOPLE understands the true value of sleep. It is as vital as the air you breathe, and the water you drink every day.
Do you like to stay up late on school nights? I know you want to feel like an adult now that you are a teenager, but you must get into bed early. I think that means you should be in bed by 10 pm on school nights. It is also not a good idea to go to bed late on a weekend, because this can mess with your biological clock and hurt the quality of your sleep on any night.
During your teenage years I believe you need at least 8 hours of sleep, and perhaps as much as 10 hours per night to function at peak performance.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of teenagers who have problems with sleep disorders, including narcolepsy, insomnia, and sleep apnoea.
“your teenage years that you just can’t go to sleep at 10 pm.
“your teenage years that you can’t fall asleep at 10 pm. I know my mother used to always make sure I was in bed at 10 pm right through until I was 18. But around my 17th birthday, I started to find it harder and harder to fall asleep before 11 pm or even 11.30 pm. It is natural to not be able to fall asleep before 11:00 pm but there are some healthy things you can do to help yourself fall asleep, but more of those techniques later.
WHAT HAPPENS When You Don’t Get Enough Sleep?
IF YOU DON’T GET enough sleep, here is a list of the problems you might face.
AS I MENTIONED JUST NOW, a lack of sleep can play havoc on your skin. I know you don’t want those spots to have an excuse to pop out on your face before school, or even worse, before an important event, so get enough sleep. Even an extra 30 minutes is beneficial.
No one wants to be aggressive, but you might not be able to stop yourself if you have “not got enough hours sleep. Don’t let a lack of sleep be the cause of falling out with your mum or best friend.
How can your brain function in class, or worse, in an exam if you have not received your full measure of sleep the night before? You will not be able to focus, or concentrate, or solve complicated problems when you are tired.
And then after school, when you know you are supposed to hit the gym or go to an extra class, there is a good chance you will skip it and head home when you are groggy and sleepy.
HEALTHY TECHNIQUES TO Help You Sleep Better
HERE ARE some valuable tips which I promised to help ensure you wake up fighting fit, instead of crabby and moody.
You need to understand that even an extra 30 or 40 minutes’ sleep will do you a lot of good. So, staying up watching TV for an extra 30 minutes WILL do you unnecessary harm. You might not feel the benefits straight away, like in the first week of your new, improved sleep routine, so “keep at it over a month or so to give your body a chance to adjust.
When I was young I always found a hot cup of chocolate helped me sleep. But when I became a teenager I started to enjoy a cup of chamomile tea. It definitely works for me, but perhaps not everyone, but it’s worth a try.
I have always found my bedroom needs to be dark. Any lights shining in will interrupt my sleep. Even now, I still need the room to be as dark as possible to get the best sleep. Your brain’s sleep-wake cycle is largely set by light received through your eyes. Try to avoid watching television in the last hour before bed. I always read and this alone can help me drop off to sleep.
Like the TV, computer games, fast-paced music, or even your homework close to bedtime isn’t a good thing. Your mind will be working too much to relax sufficiently. A good rule of thumb is to shut down these activities an hour before bedtime.
Don’t stay up too late on weekends. You deserve some reward, but perhaps midnight is a good benchmark to go for. You”don’t want to ruin all your hard work in getting into a healthy
THIS needs to be an on-going thing, so keep it up through your teenage years.
I am sure you will wake up much fresher than the vast majority of your class and that is an awesome advantage to have over your classmates.