Sleep is a really important part of your life. Everyone needs different amounts of sleep but as a guide young people between the ages of 14-17 years should have between 8-10 hours sleep each night. Through getting the right amount of sleep you will feel better able to manage the day ahead and will concentrate better at school or college.
You may find it difficult to get to sleep or find that your sleep pattern is disrupted. This is quite common amongst young people as your bodies and brains are still developing and changing. This may mean that you find it particularly difficult to get out of bed in the morning!
Top tips for a good night’s sleep
- Limit your screen time as the blue light which comes from devices can interfere with your sleep
- Be screen free (phone, TV, laptop) at least 30 minutes before bedtime
- Exercise regularly aim for at least 60 minutes of exercise a day – ideally outdoors
- Reduce the amount of caffeine you drink such a cola, Hot Chocolate and coffee
- Avoid drinking alcohol before bed
- Don’t go to bed too full or hungry
- Your bedroom should ideally be cool, dark, comfortable and quiet
Most people experience a bad night’s sleep occasionally but hopefully the tips above will help you to sleep better and you will wake feeling rested and ready for the day. If you are worried about any aspect of your sleep, then it would be a good idea to get in touch with your GP.