According to recently released data, teens who are not getting enough sleep are more likely to engage in risky behaviors that may cause accidents or lead to greater risk of injuries or death if the teen is involved in an accident. These behaviors include drinking and driving, not wearing a seat belt, texting and driving, and not using a bike helmet. Getting enough sleep can be difficult for busy teens, and drowsy driving by itself creates a driving risk for teens as well as others on the road. Fortunately, there are several things you can do, as a parent, to help your teen get enough sleep.
- Eliminate electronics from the bedroom. The light from the devices may keep the teen awake longer. Plus, teens sometimes stay up late texting friends. You may want to establish a place where all devices are dropped off before going to bed.
- Have your teen limit extracurricular activities. Picking what is more important is often a choice a teen has to make, particularly as they get older. More difficult classes, college applications, part-time jobs, and other activities might make it difficult for the teen to get to bed early enough to get adequate sleep.
- Encourage your teen to limit their caffeine intact, particularly near bedtime.
- Establish a regular sleep schedule. Having a regular bedtime yourself can help to set an example for teen. When possible, stick as close as possible to this sleep schedule on the weekend as well. Having a routine allows the body to get used to this regular sleep time, thereby allowing the person to fall asleep faster.
- Calming activities or routines just before bed can help teens (and adults alike) fall asleep better. Some people find calming music or calming scents, such as lavender, help them fall asleep better.
Many of these same actions can be applied to help anyone, no matter the person’s age, get enough sleep. Unfortunately, other people on the roadways may not be getting enough sleep and may cause an accident. If you were injured in an accident caused by another driver, contact us. One of our Indianapolis injury attorneys will provide you with a free initial consultation.