Advice for Teens

Manage Your Time Effectively

​Try to avoid procrastination. If you have a big project or paper due in a couple weeks, do a little bit each day. ​​​Alternatively, you can do big chunks when you have a lot of time. But don't wait until the last minute, as hard as it is!

Stop Overbooking

  • Figure out exactly how much time you have. If you have a sport that is two hours after school, get an average of two hours of homework, and need at least an hour to eat and get ready for bed, maybe doing a play that rehearses for two hours at night isn't the best idea. 

  • ​Figure out what matters to you most​​—avoid signing up for too many activities.

  • Take a rigorous course load, but only to the extent that you can manage.

Avoid scheduling a first-block or first-hour class if this is an option for you.​​

  • This will allow your body some time for extra sleep.

  • It will also make your school schedule better align with your body's natural clock. 

Put technology away well before bedtime!

Screens give off blue light, which has been shown to increase alertness. It can also delay the release of melatonin, a sleep hormone, making it harder for you to go to sleep.​​​

Educate yourself on the importance of sleep.

  • There is a lot of information available in the "Importance of Sleep" section of this website.

  • You can also check out other resources at the "Resources" page!

Encourage your peers to make healthy sleep decisions.

  • Help your peers know that we need adequate sleep to function at our best.

  • Consider becoming a Sleep Ambassador. See the "Join Us" section for more information. 

Prioritize sleep!

  • If you are well rested, you are likely to work more efficiently, and your studying will be more effective.

  • Think about your long-term health. It may seem important to get that one more thing done, but if it means a greater risk for Alzheimer's and many of other health issues, is it worth it?  

If you are having trouble sleeping or are still feeling tired with adequate sleep patterns, talk to your doctor. 

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