Did you know more than 75 percent of teenagers have a cellphone? Sometimes it's a struggle to get them to put it down or turn it off. Many teens have their phone constantly in their hands and answer it at any hour – even in the middle of the night. They also stay up late texting friends and fall asleep with their phones on their pillow.
There is a new phenomenon called sleep texting. Teens reach for their phone during the night and send messages without waking. They don't even remember sending texts the next day. Since the average teen sends approximately 100 texts per day – that's 3,000 texts per month – it's not surprising that the motor responses are available in a sleep state.
How you can help
Many teens text, play games or search the Internet on their phones before going to bed. Here are some tips to help your teen with cellphone and technology overuse:
- Limit how much time your teen is allowed to be on electronic media throughout the day.
- Get your teen exercising. Going outside, especially in the morning, helps with light exposure and wakefulness. Regular exercise helps work off emotional energy and makes for a tired child.
- Eliminate electronics in the bedroom. No TVs, electronic readers, handheld games or cellphones should be allowed in the bedroom since they are not compatible with good sleep. A good rule of thumb is that all electronic devices, including cellphones, should be turned off an hour before bedtime. Sometimes parents need to help by storing the phone for their teen overnight. But, it's probably best to encourage your teen to let their friends know that their sleep is important and they will look forward to meeting up with them again in the morning.
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