Teenagers’ minds and bodies are still developing until their early 20’s. To promote healthy development, they need between 8 to 10 hours of sleep every night, which is well above the normal average for adults. With technology today, getting enough sleep can be difficult. There are constant distractions available to prevent us from getting the recommended eight hours a night. Sleep deprivation can affect attention, daily functioning, and mood changes in teens. A recent article by Psych Central discusses current research that believes sleep could be affecting mood changes in teens.
Research on Sleep
Researchers believe that promoting healthy sleep among adolescents could potentially prevent the development of serious mental health problems. Research found that sleep deficits are more problematic for mood changes in teens than extra sleep. Researchers also found that teens who receive insufficient amounts of sleep show a heightened level of sadness, anger, energy, and feelings of sleepiness. A poor night’s sleep can also set up a repetitive cycle of fluctuations in sleep and mood changes in teens. The negative effects of teen sleep deprivation can create general distress. Due to this, it can actually increase issues of sleep deprivation by making it harder to fall asleep and decreasing the quality of sleep.
Misconceptions of Sleep
The negative effects of teen sleep deprivation can be detrimental to the overall well-being. Mood changes in teens and emotional dysregulation can interfere with teens social, school, and behavioral functioning. Without efficient amounts of sleep, teens ability to function and live healthy lives becomes difficult. Many teens today think that getting 5 to 6 hours of sleep is healthy, even good. Mood changes in teens is common throughout adolescence, but so is teens misconception that getting one bad night of sleep is fine.
Educating teens on the importance of getting healthy sleep could drastically change their chances of mood changes in teens and other mental illness later on in life. There are multiple tools available for teens to help them achieve sufficient, healthy sleep. Apps are now available to track sleep quality and provide soothing sounds if teens have difficulty falling asleep. Teens shouldn’t underestimate the power of sleep; it can make or break our day.