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Posted on: 10/20/2006
I am 14 and I don't get much sleep (around 6 hours) I know sleep is a big thing but for some reason like I can't go to sleep early, like I will lay in bed if to go to bed too early and I won't fall asleep until I usually go to bed, is this some sort of sleep disorder? Also how much does sleep affect teenagers growth and stuff like that.
Sleep is very important for many things. Hormones that regulate growth are released while you sleep overnight. Lack of sleep can make it difficult to focus, affecting performance at school & in after-school activities like sports. Poor sleep can also affect your mood and stress level.
To help with your sleep pattern, make sure you go to bed at the same time each night. Your body has an internal "clock" that gets used to certain sleep patterns. Cut down on caffeine (avoid it after lunch) & focus on quiet, relaxing activities prior to bedtime (in other words, don't stay up until the last minute playing video games, doing homework, or watching TV: try listening to music, drawing, reading for pleasure). Regular exercise will also help to regulate sleep cycles.
If these things don't help you get more sleep, check with your doctor. Sometimes mood problems, such as anxiety or depression, can contribute to sleep disorders.