Updated: Nov 12, 2018
In Singapore, 80% of adolescents are getting less sleep than what is recommended.*
Night owls were 88 percent more likely to have emotional and behavioural problems than other teens and 25 percent more likely to have poor mental health.^
Sleep is especially important for adolescents as it directly impacts mental and physical development. Insufficient sleep impairs cognitive processes that are essential for optimal learning and academic success!
Sleep cycle in adolescents usually last for 90 minutes, and the brain goes through different stages of sleep. Here are the two most important stages of sleep.
Non-Rapid Eye Movement (NREM)
During the deep states of NREM sleep, blood supply to the muscles is increased, energy is restored, tissue growth and repair occur, and important hormones are released for growth and development. 💪🏻
Rapid Eye Movement (REM)
In REM sleep, also called "the dream stage", the brain processes and synthesises memories and emotions, activity that is crucial for learning and higher-level thought. 🧠
It is recommended by National Sleep Foundation that teens need about 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night to function best, and "sleep debt" cannot be made up on weekends by sleeping in late!
With that in mind, ensuring our teenagers getting good quality sleep is more important than ever.
If you concern about your teen’s sleep problems might be more than too much work or social interactions, you might want to have them checked for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
Signs your teenager might have sleep apnea?
Snoring, mouth breathing
Breathing pauses during sleep
Behaviour problems such as moodiness, lashing out, and even depression
Slips in academic performance