Sleep Habits – Teens

Help Your Teen Sleep Well

  • Talk to your teen about why it is important to go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning.
  • If your teen is going to bed at a late hour, suggest that they go to bed 15 minutes earlier each night until the best bedtime is reached.
  • Have your teen keep their bedroom quiet, dark, and a cool temperature at bedtime. Removing the TV, computer, telephone, or electronic games from the bedroom may help.
  • Encourage your teen to manage their homework load. This can prevent studying all night before a test or staying up late to do homework.
  • If a teen has trouble waking up in the morning, ask what you can do to help.
    • Offer to wake them.
    • Offer to check to ensure your teen got up when the alarm went off.
    • Offer to turn on a bright light in the room when it is time to get up.
  • Teach your teen to avoid caffeine (found in soda, energy drinks, coffee, tea, and chocolate) after 3 p.m.
  • Healthy eating habits help to create healthy sleeping habits. Visit our Hi page on healthy eating for more information

Services related to this information:

811 HealthLine (Newfoundland & Labrador) – Call 811 or 1-888-709-2929 / TTY 1-888-709-3555

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Last updated: 2019-08-07