Is reading part of your child’s bedtime routine?

Make reading part of your child’s bedtime routine right from the start. You might think it’s not that important to start reading to babies even during the newborn stage but you’d be surprised to know that they would benefit a lot from reading.

In fact, it’s very important to start reading to babies even just after birth. Sure, they don’t have the attention span and cognitive ability yet to understand what a story is about. Additionally, their memory hasn’t been developed so they won’t remember what the book is about even if they were to understand it.

Why reading should be part of the bedtime routine

Reading serves an important purpose for babies because:

  • Babies that are read to develop language skills earlier on
  • It helps babies develop listening skills
  • Reading helps babies become more curious which gives them an opportunity to keep learning
  • It helps build their cognitive skills

And parents must continue to read out loud to their kids during toddlerhood and when they start  going to school because:

  • Reading helps stimulate their imagination which leads to expressing creativity
  • It helps them become good problem-solvers which they will need when they enter the world of academics
  • Reading helps kids become more empathetic even though they are naturally egocentric at this point of their development
  • Reading helps prepare kids at this stage for understanding the written world
  • It helps strengthen their memory development

Reading is one of many tools that can help provide kids with the opportunity to be successful in life and to become well-rounded people. Of course, reading to kids as part of your bedtime routine gives parents and their children special bonding time. Here is a list of our favourite books for bedtime reading:

From Ages 0 to 2:

  • Llama Llama Nighty-Night by Anna Dewdney
  • Nighty-Night by Leslie Patricelli
  • Touch and Feel: Bedtime by DK Publishing (this book for babies helps to stimulate their senses as it is the touching kind as that is how they learn from the world around them as well)
  • Kiss Good Night by Amy Hest, illustrated by Anita Jeram
  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

From Ages 3 – 5

  • If I Were a Kangaroo: A Bedtime Tale by Mylisa Larsen, illustrated by Anna Raff
  • Brush Your Teeth, Please: A Pop-Up Book by Leslie McGuire, illustrated by Jean Pidgeon (this popup book teaches kids to brush their teeth)
  • Monkey: Not Ready for Bedtime by Marc Brown
  • Even Superheroes Have to Sleep by Sara Crow, illustrated by Adam Record

What other books would you recommend as part of a child’s bedtime routine?

Other important tips for a good bedtime routine:

  • Create a comfortable sleep environment for your child. A Sealy cot mattress is ideal for children four and younger, giving your child the correct support. Once your child is ready to graduate from the cot mattress, invest in a good quality, bone-supporting single mattress for your child, rather than giving him or her an old hand-me-down mattress.
  • Start your routine early enough that you have enough time for a calming bath, putting on pyjamas, brushing teeth, reading, snuggles and a final goodnight.
  • Make your child’s bedroom a calm and inviting sleep environment. Use a night light and give your child a security object like a stuffed animal or a blanket.
  • Avoid stimulating activities before bedtime. No screen time at least 30 minutes before lights out.

 

Slow down the signs of aging in 2020

A healthy diet, regular exercise, smart lifestyle choices, strong social connections and good sleep can help slow down the signs of aging. We teamed up with South African blogger, Fiona Rossiter, to explore practical ways to boost your chances of healthy aging, and to make the most of 2020.

In the latest blog post on her Inspired Living blog, Five tips to slow the signs of aging, Fiona shares some real-life practical tips to incorporate this year. While it’s impossible to stop the clock or turn back time, it is possible to slow it down.

A lack of sleep increases the signs of aging

Research shows a link between a lack of sleep and slowing metabolism. However, the National Sleep Foundation reveals that although women aged between 30 and 60 should get an average of seven to nine hours of sleep each night, most women are getting less than seven.

Good sleep reduces stress, improves memory, lowers blood pressure, increases immunity and helps put you in a better mood. But did you know a good night’s sleep can also give you better skin? After all, it’s not called “beauty sleep” for nothing. Just think about it: If you don’t get enough sleep, you start seeing bags under your swollen eyes, paler skin and more wrinkles and fine lines. Your skin wants sleep! Yes, it’s wise to invest in good quality skin care products, but if you’re not making sleep a priority, you’re doing yourself a disservice.

A good quality mattress will help slow down the signs of mattress

A good quality mattress means good quality sleep! Considering you spend approximately one third of your life in bed, a quality mattress and sprung foundation is a smart investment in your health.

Sealy manufactures comfortable mattresses to suit everybody.  The absolute luxury of Essensual with its sumptuous feel for a gorgeous night’s sleep.  It looks and feels refined and luxurious.  Our Crown Jewel collection is sophisticated and elegant made from the best lavish materials and is the height of perfection in luxury.  The Hybrid Collection offers the best of both worlds with the top half featuring a Coolsmart Memory foam or the Dual-Flex Hybrid Foam layer with a pressure reducing properties and the bottom half providing pocket spring support to reduce motion transfer.  The Sealy Posturepedic range has a patented spring system with luxury layers to ensure healthy, restful sleep and providing the perfect balance for back support.

 

Is your partner’s snoring keeping you awake?

Because sleep impacts your problem-solving abilities, it’s fairly clear that a lack of sleep could have a negative impact on your relationships. So what do you do if your partner’s snoring is keeping you awake? Many couples today are considering sleeping in separate bedrooms.

Healthy sleep creates happy relationships, and separate beds could be the key to calmer and more joyful interaction with your significant other. If you choose to get separate beds, or even separate bedrooms, because of your partner’s snoring or any other sleep disturbances caused by sharing a bed, you might in fact be saving your relationship. A 2005 study by Dr Neil Stanley showed that a third of your sleep disturbances are caused by the person you share a bed with.

How does my partner’s snoring impact my sleep?

If you’re not getting enough sleep at night night you may find that it is difficult to focus during the day which can lead to daytime fatigue and irritability.  According to WebMD, the lack of sleep can have these results:

  • Potential accidents at work and while behind the wheel of your vehicle.
  • Slows down cognitive processes, such as attention, alertness, concentration and problem solving.
  • Affects memory process in the brain.
  • Puts you at risk of heart disease, heart attack, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
  • Lowers your libido.
  • Contribute to symptoms of depression.
  • Lead to lackluster skin, wrinkles and dark circles under the eyes.
  • Makes you forgetful.
  • Increases appetite.
  • Doubles risk of death from all causes (5 hours per night sleep).
  • Can impair judgement.

Look at the list above and ask yourself this question: Am I suffering from half or more of these? If you are, the daily stresses of work and family life, could become challenging.

Partner sleep disturbances can be caused by any number of reasons, including different sleep schedules and restless sleep patterns. If you think your sleep disturbance is caused by your partner’s restlessness and you’re not yet ready to explore sleeping in separate beds, you could invest in a mattress that minimises partner sleep disturbances, like the Sealy Posturepedic range, which has pressure relieving technology to help isolate movement from a partner.

What is causing my partner’s snoring?

Snoring can be triggered by several things, such as weight, alcohol consumption, allergies, a cold, or the anatomy of your mouth and sinuses.  Sleep apnea is also a major cause of snoring.

These remedies could help with your partner’s snoring:

  • Suggest they sleep on their side.
  • Raise up the head of the bed.
  • Try nasal strips.
  • Avoid sedatives before bed.

If the problem is due to obstructive sleep apnea, using a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine will help. Always seek the advice of a medical professional when looking for solutions for your partner’s snoring.

Other environmental concerns may be that your mattress needs replaced or is too soft or hard for your body type. A poorly maintained mattress could have a lot of dust mites. Clean your mattress as per the instructions on the warranty card you would have received on the mattress and prolong the life of your mattress with a Sealy mattress protector.

Sleep: Your most important New Year’s resolution

Adding this one New Year’s resolution to your list will help ensure you achieve all the other resolutions: Sleep more. We’re talking approximately eight hours per night!

Nothing compares to the benefits of getting enough sleep. In fact, studies have shown that inadequate sleep over time can shorten your lifespan. Trading sleep to cram more into the day increases your risk of developing serious medical conditions, especially when you factor in additional bad habits of poor nutrition and lack of exercise.

Reducing sleep from the recommended eight hours per night by two to three hours can have dramatic consequences to your health.

Risk of sleeping only six to seven hours

  • Cardiovascular disease – Missing just an hour or two per night is associated with a greatly increased risk of coronary artery calcification which is a predictor of future heart attacks.
  • Common cold and immune function – If you get less than seven hours of sleep per night you are about three times as likely to get a common cold. Studies have shown that people who get eight hours of sleep are also less likely to come down with cold symptoms.

Risk of sleeping six hours or less

  • Obesity – Several studies have shown a correlation of obesity and lack of sleep. People who sleep less than 6 hours per night are more likely to have excess body weight. So, if weight loss is another one of your New Year’s resolutions be sure to add getting eight hours of sleep to the top of your list.

Risk of sleeping five hours or less

  • Diabetes – Sleeping fewer than five hours have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, while sleeping eight hours can have positive influences on blood sugar control for those who already have it.
  • High Blood Pressure – Sleeping less than five hours per night puts you at risk of developing or worsening high blood pressure.

 

An analysis of data from three separate studies suggests that sleeping five or fewer hours
per night may increase mortality risk by as much as 15 percent. – Harvard Medical Study

After several days of missing sleep your body begins to give you signals, such as feeling tired and irritable, with some serious side effects such as brain fog and inability to concentrate or make decisions. This means if being more productive is one of your New Year’s resolutions, getting enough sleep should be at the top of your list.

Tips for getting enough sleep

It will take more than a New Year’s resolution to change your sleeping habits.  Here are some tips that will help you make the change to better health and longer life:

  • Set your internal body clock by creating a regular sleep schedule.
  • Wind down before bedtime.
  • Make your bedroom a relaxing environment.
  • Keep a sleep diary so you can review your habits.
  • Check the comfort of your mattress.

Simple solution

Replacing your mattress for a more comfortable mattress just might be the best purchase you make for your health.

It may be time to replace your old mattress for one that is more comfortable if you:

  • Wake up tired
  • Suffer from allergies from the dust that collects on old mattresses
  • Have back or body aches
  • Just can’t get comfortable

The type of mattress you choose depends on your personal needs.  There are mattresses for side sleepers versus back sleepers, those that give back pain relief, and those designed to be orthopedic.

Adding the goal of “Getting eight hours of sleep” to your New Year’s resolution list and investing in a comfortable mattress could be a life changer for the coming year.

How alcohol can impact sleep

‘Tis the season, right? For many people that means an office Christmas party, family gatherings and big celebrations… a few cocktails here, a couple of beers there, a shooter or five… it all adds up and will eventually impact your sleep.

In this blog post, we explore how alcohol can impact sleep and overall health. Alcohol and insomnia have a complex link.

While some may say a glass of wine helps them fall asleep at night, in the long run, it can actually disturb the pattern of your sleep. It is recognised that even a single shot can interfere with reaching deep sleep. Deep sleep is very necessary as it relaxes the mind and body and helps you wake up refreshed the next day. A lack of deep sleep can make you feel tired and fatigued throughout day.

Ever notice you wake up early the morning after?

Although consuming alcohol might help you fall asleep, it also might make you wake up in the middle of the night, or really early the next morning (we’re talking 5am!). This is because as the alcohol makes its way through your body, your body is in a lighter stage of sleep (REM sleep), which is why you keep waking up. It’s also why your dreams might seem a little crazier than usual.

Long-term effects of binge drinking

In fact, just one night of binge drinking could have long term effects on your sleep. A 2018 study revealed that drinking four drinks in four hours could damage the gene that encourages sleep – potentially causing permanent sleep disturbances.

Having sleepless nights can increase the stress hormone levels and these hormones can put you at a higher risk of developing heart conditions, diabetes, obesity and many more unwanted health conditions. Alcohol itself is associated with increasing heart diseases and stroke.

Bad news for your partner, too

Alcohol can impact sleep, for you and your partner! Alcohol’s sedative effects relax the jaw and throad muscles, which could lead to snoring and development of sleep apnea. Not to mention the potential harm caused by your partner kicking you or elbowing you to try get you to stop snoring!

Water is your friend

If you know you’re going to have a big night, make sure water is part of your action plan. Alternate, drinking a glass of water after every glass of alcohol. Before going to bed, drink one big glass of water.

A comfortable sleep environment

When you’re ready to collapse into bed after a night of partying, switch off all lights and close the curtains and/or blinds. It’s right about this time that you would really benefit from a comfortable mattress. Browse through our selection of mattresses – a good mattress encourages healthy sleep and it just might be the ultimate tool to help you deal with the festive season!

 

 

 

 

 

The gift of sleep: A comfortable mattress

It’s that time of the year again.  Family, presents and traditions.   As you rush around buying gifts for your friends and loved ones, don’t forget about yourself.  All throughout the year we often think about everyone but ourselves.  This holiday season, the best thing you can do is give yourself the gift of sleep with a comfortable mattress.

A new mattress may be just the thing you need to kickstart the new year. Since we spend half our lives sleeping, a good mattress is essential to getting a good night’s sleep.  When you don’t get good quality sleep you will feel tired all the time and you’ll be less productive, your health will be impacted negatively, you will have difficulty dealing with stress and you might gain weight.

Getting the right quality of sleep may be the ticket you need to have a more successful year in 2020.

The life of a mattress depends on how you sleep, the bed cover you use and how often it’s turned.  Take a look at the mattress you have, and ask yourself the following:

  • Are you still tired when you wake up?
  • Do you toss and and turn all night?
  • Is your mattress sagging?

If you feel it’s time for a new, comfortable mattress, here are the main types of mattress available.  Mattress technologies have changed over the last 10 years to help you get good quality sleep.

Finding a comfortable mattress: Discover the latest sleep tech

Innerspring mattress

This technology has been around the longest.  An innerspring mattress uses steel coils for support.  Sealy has advanced the technology of the innerspring to make it even more comfortable than what the old innerspring mattresses used to be.

The Sealy Collection has an advanced Double Offset spring with a Low Profile pocket system that offers pressure relief and reinforced support in the areas of the body that need it the most.  There is a firmness for every preference with comfort layers designed to help you get a good night’s sleep.

Innerspring memory foam hybrid mattress

An innerspring hybrid mattress as the name implies is a combination of memory foam and an innerspring system.

Sealy’s hybrid mattress is a combination of Coolsmart Gel Memory Foam or Dual Plex Hybrid Foam on the top layers for comfort and offset pocket springs for support and to minimising motion transfer.  Coolsmart Gel Memory Foam will keep your body cooler at night when you sleep, which helps you sleep more soundly.

Pillowtop

The pillowtop mattress takes the innerspring mattress to a new level.  A pillowtop has an extra layer on top for comfort.  The mattress has a noticeable layer on the top that looks like there is a pillow sewn on top of it.

Sealy’s Crown Jewel collection and la différence collection have every detail you need to get a good night’s sleep.  When you lay on these luxurious mattresses, you can feel the comfort and craftsmanship that went into making them.

Other sleep accessories

If you don’t need a mattress or can’t afford to buy one, there are other accessories that can help you get a good night’s sleep.

  • Pillows

A pillow is important to get the right support for your head, neck, and shoulders.  You may need a new pillow if your current one:

  • Feels saggy or lumpy
  • Shows visible signs of dirt or smells like sweat
  • Doesn’t feel the same as when you bought it

Your pillow should be replaced every one to two years.  Sealy offers a variety of pillows to help you sleep comfortably.

  • Sheets

Soft breathable cotton sheets go a long way to making you comfortable and helping you sleep better.  A good quality sheet will not bunch up when you sleep and can keep your body temperature even.

Getting the right quality sleep is good for your health, productivity and success.  Make 2020 the best year yet and give yourself the gift of sleep.  Invest in a comfortable mattress – you deserve it!

 

Sleep deprivation linked to early signs of Alzheimer’s

Not getting enough sleep can increase the risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. You know by now that sleep is essential to brain function, but did you know that sleep deprivation is also linked to early signs of Alzheimer’s disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is associated with a greater amount of a certain protein (beta-amyloid) in the brain and nervous system. While you’re getting some shut-eye, your brain is busy cleaning out these toxins that contribute to the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have shown that even one night of not getting the appropriate amount of sleep increases this protein in the cerebral spinal fluid.

Sleep is associated with clearing metabolic waste out of the system.  If you don’t get enough sleep over a period of time, the beta-amyloid stays in your system.  The build-up of beta-amyloid is linked to early signs of Alzheimer’s disease.

Nearly 50 million people worldwide live with Alzheimer’s disease.  Alzheimer’s and dementia are the top causes of disability later in life.  The Alzheimer Association predicts a 68% increase in dementia in lower and middle-class countries by 2015.

How to get better quality sleep

If you’re struggling to sleep, there are some ways to get better quality sleep:

Increase bright light exposure

Our bodies have a circadian rhythm.  Getting more bright light during the day helps your body, mind, and hormones stay awake during the day and settle down and sleep at night.  Try getting into the sunlight daily or invest in a bright light bulb.

Don’t consume caffeine late in the day

Caffeine stimulates the nervous systems which encourages your body to stay awake.  Quit consuming caffeine at least six hours before bed.

Have a bedtime routine

Have a routine before bedtime such as reading a book or taking a bath.  Go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning, allowing for at least 7 hours of sleep if possible.

Reduce blue light exposure

Smartphones, tablets, computers and even your TV emit a blue light.  This light tricks your body into thinking it’s daytime and so it doesn’t release melatonin.  This could cause you to have trouble falling asleep or wake up in the middle of the night.  If you need to use your devices you can:

  • Download an app to block blue light on your computer or smartphone
  • Wear glasses that block blue light
  • Stop watching TV for at least an hour before bed

 

The most important tool: A good mattress

A good mattress is one of the most important tools for getting good sleep quality.  How do you know if you need a new mattress?

  • You are tired all the time
  • You Toss and turn all night
  • Your current mattress is sagging
  • You can’t get comfortable on your mattress

How to choose the right mattress

There are a few things to look for when choosing a mattress:

  • Your body should be distributed evenly across the sleeping surface
  • While laying down, your body should be well supported across the shoulders, hips, back, and ribs
  • Your spine should be aligned in a neutral position with the rest of your body
  • Type of mattress (memory foam, gel, spring coil, pillow-top, etc.)

Sleep is important to overall health and brain function.  Lack of sleep is tied to various health conditions including early signs of Alzheimer’s disease.  By having good sleep habits and sleeping on the right mattress, you can improve your health and reduce your risk for serious health conditions.

 

 

 

 

Teenagers and sleep: Top 10 Christmas gifts

Teenagers and sleep can be an interesting challenge. Either they’re sleeping too much or sleeping too little. However, for a teenager, sleep is very important.

It helps their brain develop, helps them concentrate more and make them feel happier. The average teenager should be getting seven to eleven hours of sleep every night. You would think that since your teenager is spending so much time in their room, that they’re spending a good portion of that time sleeping, but this isn’t always the case.

Teens experience a natural shift in their circadian rhythm and it’s more difficult for them to fall asleep before 11pm. Add to that early school morning starts, extracurricular activities and distractions from their mobile phones and the Internet, chances are your young adult isn’t getting as much sleep as they should. Help teens sleep better by limiting screens in the bedroom, encouraging them to exercise more and to get fresh air during the day, and introducing them to a good bedtime routine.

When it comes to teenagers and sleep, a sleep-friendly bedroom would also help. We’ve put together a list of some of the best Christmas gifts to your teen on their sleep journey:

  1. Fairy lights are a great way to decorate and light up the room! Hang it above your teenager’s bed to create a soft glow for them to bask in before they go to bed. Buy them at CottonOn.
  2. South African stormy summer nights can be humid and hot. Pop this hot-or-cold pad in the freezer and cuddle with it to cool down. And in winter, put it in the microwave and warm yourself up! Available in a variety of animals, ranging from a poodle to a sloth. You’ll find them at Typo.
  3. A quick easy gift to get your teenager is a sleeping mask. It helps block out any light that may disturb their sleep and helps them sleep long and heavier. They are fairly easy to find, but we love these BodyShop sleep masks.
  4. Get your child some decorative bedding to adorn their bed with! Patterned throw pillows, a duvet cover and some woolly throws will decorate and add more character to your teen’s room. Don’t forget, the sheets are important too since they envelope your body while you sleep. Sealy sheets are 100% cotton Percale, with a minimum 200 thread count. This soft, breathable fabric will definitely contribute to a better night’s sleep!
  5. Teenage girls in particular will love this gift, but teen boys would benefit from it too: An overnight sleep mask. Put it on before bed and wake up with beautiful, rejuvenated skin. Since it is worn for longer than a usual face mask, it gives the minerals in the mask a longer time to work. The Skoon Ruby Overnight Hydrating Mask is a great sleep mask, made right here in South Africa.
  6. Light, comfy PJs are a gift that help contribute to better sleep. Mr Price has a fantastic range of pyjamas. Check them out here.
  7. A Fitbit is a great Christmas gift for your teen! Not only is it easy to accessories, but it can track your activities during the day and at night! By downloading the Fitbit app, the smart watch can help your teen better understand their sleeping hours and when they fall in and out of a deep sleep.
  8. A cooling gel mask can help your teen reduce their under-eye bags and help with swollen eyes. Wearing it before you go to sleep (or even while you sleep) can give great results the next morning.
  9. Sometimes, the home environment can be noisy and makes it difficult for teenagers to sleep peacefully. Gift them some noise cancelling headphones to help them sleep better. You’ll find some at Takealot.com.
  10. Soothing music before bed can help induce a more peaceful sleep. Buy your teen a Spotify premium account so they can listen to some relaxing music without being interrupted by an advert. Your teen will love this gift during the waking hours, too!

Looking forward: Bedroom design trends for 2020

Western Cape interior designer, Sarah Donnelly, has been designing remodelling and renovating homes for over 10 years in the UK, Ireland and here in South Africa. Sealy South Africa recently caught up with Sarah and her team at Overberg Interiors to find out more about the bedroom design trends for 2020.

Exercise, diet and routine are essential elements of good sleep hygiene, and so is bedroom design. Many people underestimate the importance of a sleep environment that promotes good sleep. In her latest blog post, Sarah discusses the latest trends in bedroom wallpaper, furniture, linen and lighting, and how with clever design you can create a sleep sanctuary you simply won’t want to leave! If you’re planning on doing home upgrades during the upcoming holidays, be sure to read Sarah’s bedroom design trends for 2020. Click here to read the blog.

In terms of bedroom environment, these tips go beyond what’s trendy and beautiful and speak specifically to creating the optimal sleep environment:

  • Nothing beats a comfortable mattress. Sealy is dedicated to constantly developing new sleep technology and creating the world’s most comfortable beds, all beautifully designed. We think our mattresses are so beautiful, you won’t want to cover them with linen! (By the way, did you know we also make our own linen? All our sheeting is made with 100% cotton Percale, with a minimum 200 thread count.)
  • Our body’s naturally follow a dark-light cycle, which means if a lot of external light comes into your room, your sleep will be affected. Invest in good quality black out curtains to help you sleep longer, especially in summer.
  • Create a more serene space by clearing out any clutter and all reminders of work.

The link between screen time, teenagers and insomnia

The truth is studies vary on their conclusions of whether screen time is linked to teenagers and insomnia. However, there is no debate that spending lots of time on phones and tablets browsing the Internet and interacting on social media does negatively impact sleep quality.

A survey conducted by The National Survey of Children’s Health (U.S.) determined that approximately 20% of kids between the ages of 14-17 spent seven or more hours looking at screens everyday.  They may even be modelling their parents.  Adults spend about 10 hours a day looking at screens.

How does screen time affect health?

  • Mental health

Spending too much time on social media could be taking a toll on teenagers’ mental health.  In adolescents who spent a great deal of time on social media, 95% displayed symptoms of depression. 

One in five teens spend at least seven hours interacting on social media.  A study published in Preventive Medicine Reports showed that teens who had a lot of screen time had a high rate anxiety and depression.

They also found an association with long hours of screen time leading to distractibility, difficulty making friends, less emotional stability, and difficulty finishing tasks. 

Screen time has a social impact, too.  Because teens are spending so much time on social media, they are not having face to face interactions with their peers. 

  • Teenagers and insomnia

One of the biggest disadvantages of screen time is that it might cause insomnia.  Sleep is an important part of health.  Teens require more sleep than adults, about 9 hours to be exact.  Not getting enough sleep affects the mind and the body. The average teen gets about seven hours of sleep.

The body naturally releases melatonin to signal that it’s time to go to sleep.  Electronic devices emit a blue light that can suppress the release of melatonin, causing you not to be sleepy.  The blue light tricks the body into thinking it’s still daytime.  You feel alert instead of sleepy.  This happens with teenagers as well.  The more time a teenager spends on their phone, tablet, or computer in the evening with social media or answering texts, the longer it takes for their body to release melatonin.  This causes challenges with falling and staying asleep.  As a result, teens don’t get enough sleep which can lead to symptoms of depression and contribute to their overall mood.

Tips to cut down screen time

Here are some tips to help your teen manage screen time:

  • Establish rules about screen time like how much time and where they can use their phone or computer
  • Encourage your teen to be social and have face to face interactions
  • Balance their screen time with activities
  • Educate your teen about media
  • Keep screens out of the bedroom

Screen time might play a role in teenagers and insomnia.  Constantly being on their phones or other electronic devices can keep them from getting exercise, participating in family activities, give them anxiety and cause insomnia.  By using the tips above you can help your teen have a more balanced outlook on using their devices and having a healthier lifestyle.

Is your teen sleeping in a hand-me-down bed?

Instead of buying your teen the latest phone or other tech gadget, consider investing in a good quality mattress for them. Teenagers need a good quality mattress that supports their growing bodies.

Teens who sleep better are generally in better moods and get better grades – we think that’s reason enough to make the Sealy choice when it comes to choosing a bed for your young adult. When it comes to selecting the right size, don’t forget to anticipate growth spurts. Buying a mattress that’s bigger than your teen currently is will be well worth it in the long run.