A poll by Sarah Clark and her team at the University of Michigan of 2000 parents has found that 1 in 6 parents are encountering sleep problems in their teens. Clark and Mary Carskadon, a longtime sleep researcher and professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University share these evidence-based tips for weary teens and their parents
- Put away devices
- Instill a routine
- sleep masks are useful, but avoid long naps
- Limit caffeine
- Pull back on the crammed schedule
- Learn time management skills
- Talk to your doctor
- Pursue policy changes
Also, listen to our kids — talk with them about their sleep challenges and help them set a regular sleep schedule. It’s never to early (or too late) to find healthy ways to relieve daytime stresses that can disrupt sleep at night, whatever your age.
Best idea yet, parents: We can set a good example, by putting our own electronics away — really away — at bedtime.
– April Fulton
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