Do you know how much sleep your teenager gets each night? The answer is probably, “No.” Often, as teenagers get older, parents become less controlling of when their teen goes to bed.
If you have noticed a change of behavior in your child, you should consider how sleep, and lack of sleep, affects teenage behavior. Maybe all your teen needs is a good night’s rest.
How Sleep and Lack of Sleep Affects Teenage Behavior
When it comes to negative behavioral issues with our kids, sometimes the obvious things are the ones most overlooked. Many parents are faced with irritable teenagers and teens that just can’t seem to complete menial tasks.
Well, if household chores, completing homework assignments, getting out of bed in the morning, or just having a less than chipper personality is commonplace with your teen, I’d like you to consider something. Parents, before suspecting the worst, ask yourself and your teen how much sleep he/she is getting each night. Monitor it if you need to.
Teenagers require between 8.5 and 9.5 hours of sleep each night to function normally. If your teen fails to exercise prudence in this area, they are not too old for a bedtime curfew.
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