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Four Ways to Help Your Teen Wake Up Refreshed

Tired of battling with your adolescent to rise on time every morning? Teach these healthy habits now for a lifetime of better sleep. If getting your teen to go to bed at a reasonable hour feels like an uphill battle, rest assured it’s not just your child’s willful assertion of independence. In fact, the body’s circadian rhythms can shift during adolescence, leaving many teens feeling wide-eyed later into the night. Unfortunately, with early school start times, staying up until 10:00 PM may not allow for enough nighttime sleep, leaving your teen dragging during the day. It can also increase the risk of traffic accidents for young drivers, take a toll on academic…

Feel More Energized to Increase Sleep Satisfaction

Learn ways to boost your energy in the morning—and all day long—and why these simple steps can bring you more sleep satisfaction at night. When it comes to sleep and energy, the relationship works both ways: If you’re satisfied with the sleep you got last night, you’re more likely to feel energized when you wake up. And feeling energized in the morning (and during the rest of your day) leads to greater sleep satisfaction. Sleep satisfaction is a self-assessment of how you feel about the sleep you are getting. Along with environmental factors (such as bed comfort, room temperature, noise, and light), the way you feel about their sleep upon waking, as well as later in…

Stop Hitting the Snooze Button Once and For All

Your clock or phone alarm might have a snooze option, but it’s worth it to pretend that it doesn’t exist. The extra sleep that you can get by hitting snooze comes in small chunks and isn’t good quality—and it can actually do you some harm. Since the snooze session doesn’t last long enough for you to finish a complete sleep cycle, you could end up feeling super groggy for the first hour and a half of your day. So how do you break the habit? These five tactics will get you there: Focus on the reason you want to wake up earlier. Whatever your motivation—maybe you want to become a morning exerciser, feel…