Explore the bedroom below to find out what can help or hinder your sleep.
Sleep may be the last thing on your mind but here are some reasons why you should give it a little more thought:
The right amount of sleep will make it easier to maintain a healthy weight.
Sleep deprivation can make it hard to concentrate and remember things – the last thing you need when you are in an exam situation!
You are more likely to feel down when you are tired.
Growth hormones are released when you are asleep.
Getting a good night’s sleep can help you to cope better with the stress of life such as exams, parents and relationships.
Lack of sleep can cause havoc with your skin and result in spots and pimples.
Learning to drive is great but driving when sleep deprived is seriously dangerous.
Bedtime routines aren’t just for young kids! Everyone benefits from having a routine in the run up to bedtime – even your parents.
Try to do the same things at around the same time each night so that your body has time to prepare for sleep and relax.
WHY IS SLEEP SO DIFFICULT?
Do you find nodding off hard work? If you struggle to stop your brain going round at 100 miles an hour, here are a few possible reasons why:
Your body clock alters in your teen years which means that waking and sleeping times get later and later. You will probably find that you prefer to stay up late at night but struggle to get up in the morning. This is normal. Getting into a good routine can help with this.
According to some research using “screens” before you go to bed can double the length of time it takes you to fall asleep as it suppresses the production of your sleep hormone, melatonin. Ditch your phone, tablet or Xbox in the hour leading up to you bedtime.
The school day may start early for you which means that you have to get up before your body has had enough sleep. However being overtired makes it even more difficult to fall asleep. Unfortunately we can’t change the time that school starts but what you can do is have a regular sleep and wake up time to help your body to cope better with the early mornings.
Your diet may impact on your night time sleep. Fuelling yourself with energy drinks can mean it is harder to nod off. Likewise reaching for sugary snacks to give you that much needed energy boost can increase the chance of a restless night. And not getting right the amount of sleep can make you gain weight.
You may be feeling stressed with exams looming. It is really important to share your worries with somebody or even write down any concerns. Try to find ways of relaxing in the evening.
You may be uncomfortable and this makes falling asleep more difficult. Is your mattress and pillows providing you with enough support? Is your bedding comfortable? If not, it’s important to let your parents know.