Getting Teens Back To The Basics


Getting the right amount of sleep at night isn’t as easy as it sounds. This is especially true for those suffering from insomnia, chronic pain, nightmares, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and other related issues. However, as we discussed last week, it isn’t just adults who are having trouble sleeping these days. Teens face the problem of having to wake up earlier for school than their bodies need, which often leads to anxiety and other issues. And, Psychology Today recently wrote an article, discussing how getting teens back to the basics can help them cope with stress and anxiety.

  • Nutrition – Food is our body’s fuel, and we need fuel to survive and perform. So, naturally, poor nutrition leads to poor performance. Unfortunately, when stressed, teens generally go for ease and convenience, and some will even skip meals entirely when stressed.
  • Sleep – Teens aren’t getting their recommended 8-10 hours of sleep, which means they aren’t getting a major anxiety/stress fighter. The piece says about two-thirds of 17-year-olds reported sleeping less than seven hours a night.
  • Exercise – Exercise has the ability to improve mood, increase energy, and decrease stress. Amazingly, a survey shared by the article reports only 20% of youth exercise once a week, if at all. It was also found that high stress teens reported 3.2 hours of internet use daily, while low stress teens reported 2 hours of daily internet time.

With our teens stressed to the max, it is important that they understand basic ways to feel better and healthier. Teens and adults, alike, can both use more sleep in their lives, especially to reduce stress and other issues. Dr. Jay R. Goldman knows that there are many treatment options available for those suffering from insomnia, chronic pain, nightmares, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and other issues. And, that means that you don’t have to suffer in silence for another day. Contact Dr. Jay R. Goldman, today, and set up your appointment.

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