Sleeping Habits

Rylee Riddick Neal, Junior Staff Writer

When an individual develops stress, many sleeping habits may form which can have an impact on the body depending on whether the habit is good or bad. Sleep patterns may also vary depending on how a person cares for their body. Depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and ADHD can also affect how a person sleeps and can interfere with their sleeping.

As stated in “Sleep and Mental Health”, an article by Harvard Medical School, “Sleep and mental health are closely connected. Sleep deprivation affects your psychological state and mental health. And those with mental health problems are more likely to have insomnia or other sleep disorders.” The article also mentions the fact that sleep problems will occur most likely to those with psychiatric disorders than people in the general population.

On average, teenagers need at least 8 ½ hours of sleep each night, although not everyone gets that exact amount. According to Teens Health from Nemours, a health program for kids, they have stated, “So, teens have a harder time falling asleep. Sometimes this delay in the sleep-wake cycle is so severe that it affects a person’s daily activities. In those cases, it’s called delayed sleep phase syndrome or ‘night owl’ syndrome.” Most teens stay up late watching videos, doing work for school, or playing video games. Due to the increase in technology, a lot of time is spent staring at a screen, which can also contribute to sleepless nights. 

If one were to have sleep problems, it would affect their daily performance and perspective on many things. They would be mentally drained and their mental state may be deteriorated as well. Although it may be difficult to find a good habit to help you sleep, most doctors can help with that. Natalie Riddick Neal, an SDC (Special Day Class) autism teacher states, “Good sleeping habits- I try to make sure the bedroom is dark, and a comfortable temperature. I workout with time to calm down before sleep. I shower before bed to relax my body. I try calming breathing techniques. I have an established bedtime routine.” Sleeping habits can vary and be different for each person, however, if one has a healthy bedtime routine it can be extremely beneficial to one’s health. Multiple methods can help with sleep, which can also help reduce stress and aid in helping individuals develop better mental health such as meditation, listening to relaxing music, turning off electronics, and limiting caffeine before bed.