Foster Healthy Sleep Habits for YourKids and Teens
How important is good sleep hygiene for your kids and teens?
You probably know that sleep is important for your kids and teens– but chances are, you might not know just how vital getting a healthy night’s sleep can be for their growing bodies.
Scientists have established that just like a healthy diet and exercise, sleep is critical for teens to stay healthy, grow, learn, do well in school, and function at their best. The primary consequences of poor sleep among children and teens are behavior problems, impaired learning and school performance, mood and emotion problems, and worse health including obesity.
Concerning new evidence also indicates that adolescents’ sleep may be related to high-risk behaviors such as substance use, suicidal behaviors, and drowsy driving. A recent study found that greater media use in teens was linked to a higher body mass index, largely because of reduced sleep time.