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It’s Okay To Let Your Teenagers Sleep Late

Teenagers have a nasty reputation for being lazy, and they often want to sleep past the alarm hours that wake them to get up for school. This typically drives most parents crazy because they struggle to make their teenagers aware of the fact that they shouldn’t sleep as much as they do.

Well, as it turns out, teenagers are correct on this one. Medical experts are now saying that allowing your teens to sleep in is actually better for their overall well-being.

The importance of sleep has been ignored by parents and doctors until now. Rather than encouraging parents to force their teenagers out of bed, doctors are now telling parents to allow their teens to get at least 8 to 9 hours of sleep per night. According to the experts, sufficient sleep will not only improve the health of a growing teen, but it will also help to reduce their stress.

According to Verywell Health, “when a person’s body is sleep deficient, it goes into a state of stress.”  The stress caused by sleep deprivation then puts the body on high alert and causes high blood pressure and the production of stress hormones. Teenagers are already under a great deal of stress—given peer pressure, the pressure to balance a social life with their schooling and sport activities, and the pressure that they face while growing into their own identity.

Getting sufficient rest will allow your teenager the ability to be alert throughout their day so that they can better deal with any and all challenges that come their way.

The experts also suggest that sleep helps to improve your teen’s memory. We all know that teenagers are growing on a daily basis and they are continually working on their ability to memorize schoolwork, in addition to other things. When they receive the proper amount of rest, they will gain the ability to remain alert and mentally active—all of which will improve their cognitive memory.

Researchers state that “during sleep, the brain is busy processing your day, making connections between events, sensory input, feelings, and memories.” It is believed that deep sleep will allow the brain to make memories and links so that a person can better process things. Any parent will agree that their teen is always in need of anything that will assist in their ability to utilize independent thought and memorization. Sleep is the method in which to gain a better sense of self, all of which will additionally assist in improving a teenager’s self-esteem.

Stop standing in the way of your teens when they want to sleep late on the weekend or take small naps during the day. Calling your teenager lazy is not helping with their understanding of why they like to sleep or feel the need to rest. We all know that their bodies are undergoing hormonal changes, but what we might not have known is that the more they sleep, the smarter they will be.

The medical experts are saying that “napping during the day is an effective, refreshing alternative to caffeine that is good for overall health and can make a person more productive.” By being more productive, teens have all of the energy they need to study and retain the information.

You don’t have to worry about your teenager just because they like to sleep more often than you think is acceptable. Unless they are in bed all day, take a moment to appreciate that the small amounts of sleep that they add on is improving their health, memory, and overall attitude.

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About Audra L.

Audra L. is an author, columnist and community activist who's dedicated to finding truth through research and effective communication. She received her degree in Public Policy and teaches Community Development, Public Speaking and Communications Law to youth throughout the nation. She is the recipient of over 23 awards and honors for her commitment to community outreach initiatives.

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