Written by Lucrezia Scopel and Pietro Romualdi.
Ok, time for some personal questions. How much do you sleep? And do you sleep well? And what is sleep anyway? In wikispeak, it is a naturally recurring state of mind and body characterised by altered consciousness, relatively inhibited sensory activity, inhibition of nearly all voluntary muscles , and reduced interactions with surroundings. In plain words, it’s a fundamental part of life.
Research has shown that teenagers need 9-10 hours of sleep whereas adults need less hours. You might find it interesting to know that according to a survey that we conducted of 50 teenagers we know, sleep is seen as one of the most important part of their lives, but surprisingly 70% of them go to bed at 12 AM and some even later!
Food for thought, eh? It is generally accepted that teens need 8 hours to regenerate their batteries. From what the survey says 30% of them sleep 4/5 hours due to difficulty sleeping or lifestyles that may just need reexamination.
So why do a lot of teens go to bed late? The main reason is the dramatically increased use of computers, iPhones, iPads. These devices are certainly a source of distraction:
How many times have you told yourself, ‘Just one more episode‘ when you’re watching a series on Netflix? It happens to us very often, and we bet it’s the same for you. Your mobile phone is also a massive source of distraction, for example when you’re chatting with someone and suddenly it’s 1 AM.
Moreover, the light produced by the screen of our devices modifies our mood, increases levels of attention: in few words, it wakes us up. In addition, it interferes with the production of our sleep hormone body, melatonin. This is produced every night regularly and melatonin levels remain sustained throughout the night to help us sleep.
The main consequence of a lack of sleep is defined as social jet lag. This phenomenon happens because individuals who are up until late are forced to live a life very similar to those who get up early, but with less hours of sleep.
In this way any activity of everyday life, like school or work, is more tiring for a person affected by this condition, leading people to a state of unhappiness.
In the end, we believe that is simply a matter of good and bad habits. Here are some healthy tips and tricks for better sleep:
- Stick to a regular sleep schedule of bedtime and wake up time, it helps to regulate
your body’s clock
- Set a bedtime that is early enough for you to get at least 7 hours of sleep.
- Limit exposure to bright light in the evenings (tv,pc or mobile)
- Turn off electronic devices at least 30 minutes before bedtime.
If you’re still having trouble sleeping don’t hesitate to speak with your doctor. It may seem incidental but it could change your life!
As an old Irish proverb said: “A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.”
So have a good sleep and when you’ll be rested go out and fulfil your dreams!
Here you can check our survey: