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Sleep Habits

Sleep Deprivation

When I was young, I had to go to bed at 9pm. I grumbled but it was healthy for me. Too many people stay up too late these days, including children and teens. There is too much to do and see on phones, computers and TV. It is thought that 20% of all road traffic collisions are caused by driver fatigue. People fall asleep after their mid day meal or else have naps during other parts of the day. Of course, older people have been known for having naps for many years, long before the Internet came along. Teens, especially need extra sleep. Some schools are opening later to account for teens wanting to stay in bed! I know when I was young, I could lie in bed but not now.

Getting Good Sleep Habits

Here is an infographic that suggests how to build good sleep habits for yourself or your teen.

Image Credit » My purchased graphic, with rights to use as I wish.

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VinceSummers wrote on July 10, 2019, 6:29 PM

When I was a kid, I had to go to sleep, not at 9 pm, but about 6:30 pm! Our grandkids? Well, we let them stay up longer, but 9 seems a good number, as you mention.

simplylady wrote on July 11, 2019, 6:47 AM

My sleeping habits are bad too but I do go to bed at 9 pm but up at 3 am, tried to go to bed later but still I get up early.

MegL wrote on July 11, 2019, 10:08 AM

simplylady , Yes, I find it hard to go back to sleep if I wake in the middle of the night. The steps I have taken to combat this are: 1. reduce liquids and caffeine near bedtime - drink earlier in the day, 2. keep an MP3 player beside the bed with relaxation music on it, that often sends me back over, 3. practice relaxation techniques if I am lying awake and 4. if it's very early, say 3 am, then get up, and read for a little while. That stops the racing mind and I can either go back to bed or pull a blanket over me and sleep in the chair.

simplylady wrote on July 12, 2019, 2:01 PM


melody23 wrote on July 13, 2019, 12:44 PM

my dad used to make me go to bed so early that when my brownie troupe were set a challenge to go to bed an hour early for a week I only had to go to bed fifteen minutes early, because it would probably not have been possible to get home from school eat and get to bed any quicker - after he left I basically refused to ever go to bed even remotely early and my mum probably feeling guilty for letting him force me into such an awful schedule let me do what i wanted and that started my long issues with sleep, im a total night owl can easily stay up till 3 or 4 in the morning and physically cant sleep early. my shift work is a nightmare because I just cannot sleep anywhere near early enough to stand any sort of chance of even a few decent hours of sleep, that plus working both day and night shifts has killed my ability to sleep

MegL wrote on July 14, 2019, 4:28 AM

Yes, I can understand a reaction like that melody23 . Nightshift or shift work is also well known for creating sleep and health problems. Being on shift work means you don't have the opportunity to practice starting good sleep habits either. The only things I can suggest are the relaxation exercises and the MP3 player with relaxation items on it.

Colibry21 wrote on July 25, 2019, 1:23 PM

I try not to send my kids up to bed too late. After all, I do know that my kids need sleep. Not only do they need sleep, but so do I.