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Teenagers Scientifically Need More Sleep

Are you tired of your parents waking you up early on the weekends? Or teachers getting mad at you for falling asleep in class? Well, you should be! Your body needs a significant amount more of sleep than theirs, over an hour! The average adult needs 7-8 hours of sleep a night, while teenagers need 9-9.5 to feel rested and awake.

What Happens While You Are Asleep?

When you are asleep your body goes through a circadian rhythm called a sleep cycle. Your body typically goes through stage 1-4, then repeats stage 2 and 3, then goes into REM(Rapid Eye Movement.) REM is when most dreams are believed to occur. You have 5 levels of consciousness: conscious, preconscious, subconscious, unconscious, and non-conscious. You can also have an altered state of conscious. This is when you have a change in your mental state while still conscious, for instance, hallucinations. Selective attention is when you focus on one thing going on, when multiple things are happening. Your parents may say you do this often, such as focusing on your phone instead of what they're saying.

How can you get enough sleep?

- You can start going to bed 9 hours before you need to wake up the next day.

- If possible, you can cut things out of your morning routine, so you can sleep in later.

- Avoid electronics at night.

- Avoid things with a lot of sugar and things with caffeine, these are stimulants which will make it hard for you to really fall asleep.

- Don't drink anything before you go to bed.