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Back to School & the
Importance of Sleep

August 08, 2023

As the summer starts to wind down and the noises from the locusts start to get a little louder, that can only mean one thing. It is time to head back into the classroom. There are numerous things that are important for the adolescent athlete to continue to compete on the field and in the classroom but one in particular is often forgotten and that is the importance of sleep.

It is recommended that the average teenager should be getting between 8-10 hours of sleep each night. A lack of sleep during these ages will negatively affect the hippocampus in the brain which is responsible for learning and memory. If you haven't had an adequate night's sleep, research shows that your ability to learn can decrease by 40%.

Here are a few helpful tips to help optimize your sleeping habits

  • Optimize your bedroom temperature- make yourself comfortable to sleep

  • Choose the proper pillow- make sure your pillow is comfortable and allows proper cervical posture

  • Disconnect from electronic devices at least 30 minutes before going to sleep- your brain has a harder time shutting down and getting to sleep if it is constantly stimulated

  • Avoid caffeine ingestion in the hours before bed- allowing the body to naturally fall asleep and not be stimulated

About the Author:

Kyle Sutton, MS, ATC