With the new school year well underway, it comes as no surprise to learn that children and teenagers are not getting enough sleep.
Did you know that sleep, or lack of, could be having a knock-on effect on your grades, relationships and mental health?
If you’re in school and struggle to sleep each night, we’ve rounded-up some useful advice below to help improve your sleep routine.
Remember… sleep is just as important as breathing, drinking and eating!
Keep a regular sleep schedule: Try to go to sleep around the same time every night, as this creates a healthy habit and allows your body to know when it is time to go to bed.
Be aware of your daily routines: It’s important that you incorporate exercise into your daily routine – even a simple power walk to and from school is a start! Physical activity during the day can help you to fall asleep more easily at night. We also suggest limiting caffeine intake in the afternoon and evenings as well.
Create a healthy sleeping environment: A soothing sleep environment should be clutter-free and comfortable. Use your bed for sleeping, not studying. Give your brain time to relax before heading to bed, as well as keeping the room dark and at a cool temperature.
Unplug before bed: Light from phones, computers, and television can affect how your body perceives night, and so we would recommend that you put away or turn off these devices 30 minutes before you go to bed.
Quality over quantity: Your body should be getting the rest it needs and not just the amount of hours you are expected to be having each night.
No one expects students to go to bed by 10pm every night, but following these handy tips can improve your sleep routine dramatically.