There is an amusing saying in mommyhood, “Rather than sleep like a baby, sleep like a dad.” Any mom who has been woken up countless times by a crying or sick child while her hubby slumbers on, gets this. However, I would add to this,” sleep like a teenager”. Teenagers sleep like they mean it. They sleep hard. Nowadays even on a blissful schedule free Sunday, I am wide awake at 6:00 AM and how I long for those deep, heavy, endless slumbers of youth.

Teenagers can sleep like it is their job. And in a way, it is Rather than to assume that they are lazy or depressed, the truth is, biologically, teenagers need more sleep. They are at an important stage of growth and development when all the growing process is in the home stretch of reaching completion. There is still enormous little changes happening in their bodies and brains every day and this requires the body to rest from all that work.

Experts say that teenagers need at least eight to ten hours of sleep a night. Ideally, teens need a consistent habit of a solid night’s sleep to consolidate their learning. The old adage of of “in one ear and out the other” is especially true when kids are sleep deprived in that missed sleep can affect short term memory loss. Sleep basically helps the brain retain what it has learned and process it into long term memory.

In 2014, a study done by The American Academy of Pediatrics said that insufficient sleep in adolescents is an increasingly important health issue and affects their academic success and mental and emotional well being.They even found that standardized test scores improve, and car accidents decrease in kids who are better rested. Their recommendation was that students start school no earlier than 8:30 AM.

Moving bedtimes earlier isn’t necessarily going to fix the problem either, in that due to the delayed release of melatonin in teenage developing brains, and a lack of “sleep drive” they do not feel sleepy until much later than younger children or adults.

The trick for parents in dealing with their teenagers sleeping in on the weekends far past what seems like a full day has passed, is to be patient and understanding. Give those brains and bodies a chance to grow and catch up and retain all the information and stimulus that they are taking in. Gaze in at your sleeping little log, remember the day when it was nap time in the crib that you were gazing at and honor the process and wonder of their growth.


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Author: Libby Hudson Lydecker

Libby Hudson Lydecker is a mother of two, a Kundalini Yoga teacher with over a decade of experience, a screenwriter and a Real Mom Daily partner. Libby Serves as the Lifestyle and Wellness Editor for RMD. As Lifestyle and Wellness Editor, Libby brings her wisdom of Kundalini Yoga and holistic life hacks to her articles as well as real world solutions through yoga techniques in her Mindful Mama video series created at RMD. Libby balances her time between her family, teaching Kundalini yoga to women and children, leading women’s yoga retreats in beautiful destinations around the country, writing screenplays and publishing articles for Real Mom Daily. Her ability to balance all of this comes from her strong yoga practice and a stronger sense of humor. Libby relates to Gloria Steinem’s quote, “Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.” As well as Yogi Bhajan’s quote, “I don’t believe in miracles, I rely on them.” Libby believes that Real Mom Daily is a forum for women to communicate consciously with kindness, real life perspectives and humor. RMD provides a supportive space for moms to feel understood and share their experiences. “When women gather together in consciousness, we can change the world.” View all posts by Libby Hudson Lydecker

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