Why You Should Take a Nap Right Now
By Stephanie Drago | HealthCorps Coordinator 2018 – 2019
Nutrition, physical activity, and mental resiliency are important aspects of a teen’s life, but there is one thing that can affect all three in a positive or negative way, and it is something that usually gets over-looked: sleep. Adequate sleep is vital to a person’s health and overall well-being because it is directly connected to concentration, clear and quick thinking, creativity, patience, nutrition, attitude, behavior, motivation, and how they interact with others.
Falling asleep, staying asleep, and waking up rested and refreshed is something many teens are struggling with, says HealthCorps partner Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
Their campaign to raise awareness of sleep derivation provides new information on the connection between sleep and behavior in teens.
According to Alliance for a Healthier Generation, teens need 8-10 hours of sleep for good health, yet 71% of high school teens are sleep deprived.
Teens that do not get enough sleep are more likely to be overweight, not be physically active, suffer from depression, perform poorly in school, and engage in risky behaviors.
Risky behaviors include binge drinking, drunk driving, smoking, drug use, unhealthy weight control practices, and unprotected sex.
Sleep deprivation is also associated with bullying, school violence-related behaviors, fighting, and poor mental health.
Poor mental health includes extreme emotional response to daily events, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, and depression.
Biology, technology, social media, caffeine, extra curricular activity, early school times, and homework load can all contribute to a lack of sleep.
Many schools are now considering changing their start time to after 8:00 am to ensure their students are getting enough sleep.
According to a study by Sleep Number and GenYouth, there two things you can do to ensure you are getting adequate sleep:
- End the glorification of being busy and learn to manage your time better
- Create a sleep routine; consistency should not be underestimated
This information is taken from an infographic provided by Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
The infographic is perfect for posting around a school campus or sharing with friends, family, or a community that could benefit from understanding the link between sleep and wellness in teens. You can find it here and here.
For more information, visit healthiergeneration.org