Does Your Teen Have a Digital Curfew

A new study finds devices at bedtime are cutting into teens’ much-needed sleep time and directly impacting their mental health.

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Life of a Student Athlete Tip of the Week

Tip: Athletes who sleep at least 8 hours per night are 68% less likely to sustain an injury compared to those who get less sleep.

Lack of sleep impacts reaction times and performance and causes fatigue. Aim to sleep at least 8 hours per night to maximize muscle growth, repair and recovery. This will also help improve cognitive skills and concentration. All of these factors together can contribute to a lower rate of athletic injuries.

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Prep for the game: eat well, sleep plenty and think positively.

Get at least 8 hours of sleep the night before a game. When you wake up, eat food high in protein and carbohydrates. Remember, water and drinks high in electrolytes will help sustain your energy for the duration of the game. During the time before the game, try to use as little energy as possible and think about the best outcomes regardless of how tough your opponent may be.

 

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Athletes who sleep at least 8 hours per night are 68% less likely to sustain an injury compared to those who get less sleep.

Lack of sleep impacts reaction times and performance and causes fatigue. Aim to sleep at least 8 hours per night to maximize muscle growth, repair and recovery. This will also help improve cognitive skills and concentration. All of these factors together can contribute to a lower rate of athletic injuries.

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Experts recommend 8-10 hours of sleep for teenagers.

Teens need to get enough sleep every night to function best. They are more likely to do well on a test or play their best game with sufficient sleep. Tips for getting enough sleep: Go to bed at a consistent hour every night, exercise regularly, avoid drinking caffeine and unwind by keeping the lights low and shut off electronics.

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: It takes adequate sleep to build muscle and burn fat so try to get 8 hours of sleep each night

It’s difficult to build muscle and burn fat without enough sleep. Fatigue undermines your ability to eat right and train hard.  When you are exhausted, your brain doesn’t know whether it’s sleep-deprived or starving for glucose, so it craves sugar and can cause late-night cravings when you are tired.

School Stress and Sleep

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids provides key takeaways for parents on how to address school stress and sleep:

  • Emphasize that sleep is essential to transfer learned information into memory.
  • Screens should be off and preferably out of the bedroom at least one hour before bed.
  • Help your teen limit caffeine.
  • Avoid napping in the evening, and don’t oversleep on weekends.
  • Be sure they aren’t doing homework in bed, so that their bed is truly a place for rest and no stress, and so that they don’t unintentionally doze while studying, which interrupts a healthy sleep pattern.
  • Talk to your teen about the dangers of abusing stimulants to cram or stay awake.
    If you are feeling overwhelmed or have a question about your child’s drug or alcohol use, call our toll-free Helpline where you can speak with a trained and caring, master’s-level support specialist at 1-855-DRUGFREE (1-855-378-4373).

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Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Experts recommend 8-10 hours of sleep for teenagers

Teens need to get enough sleep every night to function best. They are more likely to do well on a test or play their best game with sufficient sleep. Tips for getting enough sleep: Go to bed at a consistent hour every night, exercise regularly, avoid drinking caffeine and unwind by keeping the lights low and shut off electronics.

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