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Popular School Teenagers Sleep Less Than Their Peers: Study

Popular School Teenagers Sleep Less Than Their Peers: Study (Image Credits: iStock)

A recent study published in the journal Frontiers in Sleep reveals that teenagers who are popular in school are less likely to get eight to ten hours of sleep. Researchers from Sweden and Australia revealed that popular children, especially girls, experience more insomnia symptoms than boys.

The study found that females are experiencing insomnia because of “a later melatonin onset and an increased alertness in the evening.” Dr Serena Bauducco, a sleep researcher at Orebro University reveals that popularity seems to negatively impact sleep both before and after the emergence of smartphones. The researchers examined around 1,300 Swedish teenagers, where half of them were females aged between 14-18.

The research further reveals that popular girls experienced more insomnia symptoms than boys. They faced difficulties in falling asleep and waking up too early. Though the gender difference still remains unclear, Bauducco explained, “girls express more care and concern with their friends and engage in helping behaviour than boys. This might mean they carry these concerns when it’s time to fall asleep.

“Teenagers are arguably the most sleep-deprived population,” she further added. But how can teenagers enhance their sleep cycle and tackle insomnia? Here are a few ways:

Consistent Sleep Schedule: Consistent sleep schedule is of utmost importance. It is essential to go to bed and wake up everyday at the same time. This helps regulate the body’s internal clock and improves sleep quality.

Relaxing Bedtime Routine: Developing a bedtime routine may help your body to relax. This can include activities such as reading, listening to music, etc.

Limit Screen Time Before Bed: Since the emergence of smartphones, it has become a habit to use phones before bedtime, which has ruined sleep schedules. Try to avoid screen time and put down electronic devices at least an hour before bedtime.

Limit Caffeine Intake: It is advised to avoid caffeine and other stimulants in the afternoon and evening, as they can disrupt sleep patterns.

Regular Exercise: Physical activity during the day can help fall asleep faster. However, avoid vigorous exercise close to bedtime, as it may have the opposite effect.

Do you think you may suffer from Insomnia and live in Florida, California or New York?

If so, please consider scheduling a proper virtual online Insomnia and Anxiety diagnosis with one of our physicians. Although we have an online ADHD and Anxiety diagnosis tool, a proper diagnosis from a Board-Certified Medical Doctor will help you know for sure. If appropriate, a customized treatment program will be recommended at the conclusion of that initial visit.

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