Twas the Night Before School
Posted Dec 16, 2011
To many teens sleep is a prized commodity. They like to stay up late at night and snooze late into the next day. But how many are actually getting a good night's sleep? According to a survey conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, about 1 in 10 teens say they're awakened nearly every night by a phone call, text message or e-mail. And one in five teens and young adults said they have their sleep disrupted by noisy devices a few nights a week. With the majority (75%) of U.S. teens owning a cell phone, sleep texting could become a big problem.
Want to help your teen get a good night's rest and possibly prevent a social catastrophe? Make sure they're not sleeping with their cell phone. It's important to teach your teen to leave the phone and other electronic devices outside the bedroom or turn them off. Keep the chargers away from the bed or preferably outside the bedroom. Research suggests that people should stop using electronic devices at least an hour before bedtime. The artificial light exposure at night suppresses the release of melatonin (a sleep inducing hormone) and increases our alertness which wires us up and makes us feel less drowsy. So want some good zzz's then "power off" a least an hour before bed. Plus, with sleep texting what are you going to get at 2:00am that can't wait until the next day?
Check out this video on Sleep Texting: