‘Sleep is a condition of body and mind which typically recurs for several hours every night, in which the nervous system is inactive, the eyes closed, the postural muscles relaxed, and consciousness practically suspended.’
Nowadays in a teenager’s life, emphasis needs to be put on the words relaxed and inactive when it comes to sleep.
Because of workload and extra-curricular activities, students tend to stay up late at night or get up early in the morning in order to finish their homework. This process causes people to forget to relax their mind before sleeping. If the mind is not put to rest, the teen can suffer from Chronic Sleep Deprivation, causing them to perform poorly at school.
To get to sleep the mind needs to be free of tension and at peace. This is very important in order to get a good night’s sleep. Sleep plays a great role in keeping the body mentally healthy. With a sleep of preferably 9 hours, the brain is sharp, emotionally balanced and the body remains full of energy all day long. Teenagers need to be mentally stable (meet the conditions listed above) in order to go through the normal school days with ease.
By learning to avoid the ‘enemies’ of sleep such as stress and trying to discover your personal sleep-promoting technique, it can ensure you a good night’s rest. Here are some ideas:
- Try to sooth yourself, drink warm milk or take a warm shower.
- Approximately one hour before sleeping, avoid doing strenuous activities that get your mind active.
- Keep the room dark as light plays a major role in the brain’s sleeping cycle. A dark room stimulates the brain to think that it’s night-time.
- Try to follow the same sleeping routine each day (even on weekends). This assists the body to become accustomed to the cycle in order to allow the body rise at the right time.
By Keya (MYP5)