Do you ever sleep all through the night, but still feel exhausted when you wake up? Or maybe you just feel exhausted all day? We get it, life can be crazy and busy, but that doesn’t mean you should forget about sleep.

According to Nationwide Children’s, the average teenager needs about 9- 9.5 hours of sleep, but is only getting 7-7.5 hours. Getting the proper sleep allows you to work and study at your peak. It’s important to get enough sleep for physical, mental, and emotional health.

Sleep may be more important than you realize. According to National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute proper sleep aids in learning, hormones, mood, making decisions, growth and development, immune system, and weight. If you are having trouble keeping a consistent sleep pattern, there are actions you can put into place to get better sleep.

Maintain a sleep schedule. It may be hard to go to sleep at the same time every night with prior commitments and late night studying. However, going to bed and waking up at the same time during the week can be beneficial. Your body will get on a regular routine, and it will eventually become much easier to wake up in the morning.

This may be a hard habit to implement, but try to leave your phone out of the room. Your phone is an easy distraction that can keep you up longer at night, which delays your going to sleep on time and getting the proper rest. Now, we all know that we use our phones for alarms, but invest in alarm clock and you will have your problem solved.

Try not to oversleep too much on the weekends. Yes, the appeal of the weekend is not waking up early and the ability to sleep in. Now, that doesn’t mean you can’t sleep in, but all in moderation. Sleeping in late, like until noon for example, will make it harder for your body to get back on track when you need to wake up early during the weekdays.

As you focus on your health and studies, remember that sleep is the key factor that will improve those areas and allow you to perform at your best. Put yourself first and make sure you get the proper amount of sleep because your health is what matters.

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