• 1 month ago

    15 and not a good sleeper

    On weekdays, I realistically get 6-7 hours of sleep a day. It also takes about 15-30 for me to sleep even with the lights out and in bed. I know, I know, adolescents needs >8 hours of sleep a day... But it's just so hard for me. I'm just so full of energy. I'm never tired or sleepy, I sleep better on cars than in bed. The last time I felt like I genuinely wanted to sleep at night was at a family party and I had a little too much of my Dad's wine. I don't takes energy drinks (unless you count Coke Zero) and I don't drink coffee either. I have all my screens on night mode (yellow light) and I don't use my phone in bed with no other light source (I always turn on my lamp if I ever need to check my phone), and I often avoid using my phone before sleeping anyway. Basically, I force myself to sleep every day because I know for a fact that as a teen I need more sleep. So does anyone have any tips to feeling... Sleepy?

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  • 1 month ago

    RE: 15 and not a good sleeper

    Key for you is how you feel and perform during daytime hours. You are not describing any adverse affects on your energy level or mood, and if you have no issues there that suggests you're getting enough sleep for your needs. That said, if you want to improve your sleep there really is no substitute for a very regular sleep-wake schedule 7 days a week, and getting some good exercise most days. Avoid caffeine in any form after about mid-day, and basically tire yourself out every day both mentally and physically by staying busy.
      • 1 month ago
        I go to the gym at least 3 times a week and I play squash every Wednesday. So I guess I'm fairly active? So you're saying that I DON'T need any extra sleep and having 6-7 hours every day is okay for me?