One of the addictions of this modern era, is to be constantly connected to social networks and friends through smartphones like the iPhone. Teenagers, in particular, go with these mobiles or cell phones everywhere and do not even stop texting when they should be sleeping.
Lucrecia complains that when her daughter goes to sleep, she does not stop sounding an alarm that alerts her that she is receiving text messages. For her, her teenage daughter is never disconnected. He has reached the point where when he is resting, he opens his eyes to respond to a message at dawn.
What happens when teenagers cannot stop texting or sleeping? Lucrecia worries that the mania of being so connected can affect her rest hours and, consequently, her health. And he’s right: teenagers need an average of 9 hours of sleep, which they’re probably not doing not only because of this addiction but because of the academic pressures, the late nights and the hormonal changes of this stage.
If adolescents do not sleep well, they may develop obesity, high blood pressure, depression, and behavior problems. In addition, this makes them prone to abuse of drugs and alcohol. As you see, not sleeping well, can lead to serious consequences on the health of these adolescents, not only now, but when they are adults.
The addiction of Lucrecia’s daughter is part of significant statistics. A recent study indicates that in the US alone, teens send an average of 100 text messages a day and spend about 53 hours a week on some activity using electronic media. This latest finding was the result of research conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation in the United States, which also says that social media consumption is increasing at a blinding speed.
What can be done to keep teens from depriving themselves of the dream they need to be texting? As parents, it is important to set boundaries: It is important to emphasize that rest time is sacred to health and that sending messages that interrupt sleep has long-term costs to its well-being. Also, remind your teenager that not only the text messenger is not sleeping, but the recipient. Perhaps out of consideration for the rest of the other, you can motivate your child to disconnect during the night.
To decrease the time teens spend connected to technology and social networks, invite them to do other outdoor activities. Practicing a sport, a walk in the park, or even classes in music, painting or any other activity that captures your interest will help the hours of technology be replaced by others that stimulate the physical body and the intellect and therefore, Invite him to rest better.
It is important to emphasize that the bedroom, bedroom or bedroom were made for sleeping and resting. Any type of electronic device should stay out of that space so you can actually fall asleep.
Rest is the key to good health, it is indispensable: sleep is “the food” of the brain, nourishes it. It is as important as the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink.
Sleeping well may even help you better cope with the stress that adolescence brings? So leave your text messages for tomorrow and give your body and mind a good few hours of rest without interruption.