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Sleep is essential for everyone, but particularly for teenagers. This is as sleep plays an important role in teenagers’ physical and mental development. It ensures they can concentrate at school, improves their mood and helps them grow.

Most teens should get between 8 and 10 hours of sleep per night. 

Unfortunately, research indicates that many teens get far less than they need. 

Teenagers face many challenges to getting consistent and healthy sleep, such as staying awake to talk to friends, gaming into the night or being on their phone. However, there are techniques to try to ensure your teen gets the sleep they need.

Tips to share include:

  • turning off their phone at a certain time
  • avoid caffeinated drinks in the evening
  • leaving their phone downstairs
  • having at least an hour relaxing before going to bed
  • create a routine eg going to bed and getting up at the same time even at weekends.

Use the links below to find trusted support on this topic. Additionally, encourage your child to use the Health Topic pages for their relevant age group here on Teen Health.  They can find more tips and resources to help with improving their sleep.  

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Teenagers - A good night's sleep

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Michael Mosley: Five tips for helping your kids sleep well

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Childline

Problems sleeping

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Young Minds

A Guide for Young People: Sleep Problems

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Tellmi

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Teen Health

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