Is your teen getting enough sleep?

 Is your teenager getting enough sleep? Here’s everything you need to know. 

Sleeping teenage

Teenagers need at least eight hours of sleep each night to stay healthy, according to new research from scientists at the University of South Australia*.

“Getting enough sleep is important for all of us – it helps our physical and mental health, boosts our immunity, and ensures we can function well on a daily basis,” says UniSA sleep expert Dr Alex Agostini. “But for teenagers, sleep is especially critical because they’re at an age where they’re going through a whole range of physical, social and developmental changes, all of which depend on them getting enough sleep.”

According to Dr Agostini, without an adequate amount of sleep, teens are less able to deal with the stressors they encounter, including bullying. Remind your teen why it’s important for them to get enough sleep and encourage them to switch off mobile phones and other devices earlier in the evening.

Photography Getty Images *Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, January 2021