As we get ready to spring forward, the National Sleep Foundation reminds you to get enough sleep as part of National Sleep Awareness Week. March 1-8 is a chance for you to get educated on the dangers of sleep deprivation since daylight saving time is right around the corner.
Teenagers biologically require more sleep, approximately 9-10 hours, per night. Unfortunately the average teen only gets 7.4 hours per night. This decrease in sleep can affect your driving ability, schoolwork and even your mood.
Driving drowsy can cause impaired reaction time, judgment and vision; problems with information processing and short-term memory; decreased performance and motion; and can increase moodiness and aggressive behaviors.
Here are some tips from NSF on how to solve your sleep problems:
- Make sleep a priority. It’s a key ingredient to staying healthy, happy and safe!
- Nothing can replace good sleep. Drinking a caffeinated beverage too close to bedtime can hurt your sleep, so try to avoid it if possible.
- When you are sleep deprived you are as impaired as driving with a blood alcohol content of .08%, which is over the legal limit! Recognize if you are too sleepy to drive and get a ride from someone else. It could save your life!
- When you hear your friends talking about pulling “all-nighters”, tell them how good you feel after getting a good night’s rest.
For more information on how to improve your sleep patterns check out the National Sleep Foundation and don’t forget to set your clocks forward this weekend for daylight saving time!