The National Sleep Foundation and the American Academy of Sleep recommends that teenagers need a total of 8-10 hours of sleep each night. However, most teenagers get an average of 6.5-7.5 hours of sleep per night.

Why is sleep so important?

Lack of sleep can lead to a weakened immune system, bad memory, and concentration difficulties. Getting enough sleep can help students perform better in school and improve their mental and physical health.

There are multiple reasons as to why students, teenagers in particular, may not get enough sleep. Students have assignments, chores, and extracurricular activities. Some may not be able to manage their time as well as others. Others might also have a delayed sleep schedule because of electronics. 

Notifications can disrupt sleep, and evidence shows that light exposure from electronic devices can suppress melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that is produced at night. Low melatonin levels can lead to poor mental and physical health like depression, fatigue, and high blood pressure. Quality sleep can improve productivity, boost your immune system, and strengthen your heart.

How can students get better sleep?

Students should try avoiding caffeine or energy drinks, especially in the afternoon and evening. They could also try creating a sleep routine that works for them and guarantees a decent amount of sleep. Putting away electronics at least half an hour before going to bed and putting them on silent can also promote sleep. Lastly, students should have a quiet, cool, dark environment for good quality sleep