Your tired teenager needs a lot of sleep, and it’s no secret it can be incredibly difficult to turf them out of bed in time for school. Even getting them out of bed at a respectable time on the weekend can be a major headache. So, when it comes to rousing them from their slumber, which ways are best?
Letting your tired teenager sleep
It’s well known that teenagers are in need of their sleep, in fact, teens need between 8-10 hours of sleep on average. Unfortunately, teenagers go through their fair share of biological changes as they grow, and this affects nearly everything, including their sleeping patterns.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, the biological sleeping patterns of teenagers are shifted towards a later time. This means that, for them, falling asleep before 11 pm is unnatural. Because of this, it’s worth ensuring your teen is in bed by 11 pm, so that they can get as much sleep as possible without being forced into bed too early.
Their sleep is incredibly important for a variety of reasons, so making sure they get good quality rest is of the utmost importance. Your teen is going through physical, emotional and hormonal changes, as well as having to make big choices about their education and future. This means they need plenty of sleep to be able to process all these demands on their mental and physical energy.
On the other hand, they still have to get out of bed sometime! Which is where the tips below may be helpful for your family.
1 – Manipulate time
Ok, we know you can’t manipulate time, but you can definitely get everyone in your household up a little earlier than they currently do.
A wake-up time of even just ten minutes earlier could be the difference between your teen getting out of the door in time or not. And if they’re particularly difficult to turf out of bed then being able to lie in bed for ten minutes before they absolutely have to get up might be the trick to making their mornings a little easier.
2 – Let there be light
Sunlight helps us all to wake up in the morning, inhibiting the release of melatonin – the sleep hormone – which helps us feel more alert and ready to get on with the day. Do your tired teenager a favour and treat them to the miracle of sunshine in the morning, by simply opening their curtains.
If you’re currently reading this in the middle of winter, then investing in some sleep technology that gradually brightens to mimic the sun rising is a good idea.
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3 – Embrace noise
One sure-fire way to get anyone out of bed is to make as much noise as possible. Nobody can lie under the covers comfortably whilst there’s a racket going on. Which is why this trick could be the one that works for you!
There are a few ways to go about this. You could go old-school and use a pan and wooden spoon to stir your sleepy teenager from their slumber. The other options include allowing younger, noisy siblings to play in your teen’s bedroom or, finally, using some awful music to get them up and about.
Simply place a music player out of your child’s reach and play some music from a musician they can’t stand. It might not make you their favourite person but they’ll definitely get out of bed to switch it off!
4 – A bit of TLC
If you don’t fancy torturing your child, then consider treating them in the morning to something that will entice them away from their mattress. Being told there’s a cup of tea waiting for you first thing in the morning is always a lovely gesture and takes less time than messing with their alarm clocks!
Some parents even resort to cooking lovely smelling breakfasts in the morning as a tried and tested way to encourage their teen to get downstairs.
5 – It’s not on you!
Finally, you need to accept that making sure your teenager gets to the places they need to be on time is not actually your responsibility. It’s all well and good taking charge of their time-management when they’re younger, or even if they have an important day, but the onus falls on them most of the time. Your child needs to learn what it takes to be punctual and prepared and if they struggle to get out of bed in the morning then it may just be something they need to learn to fix.
On the other hand, if they seem constantly reluctant to remove themselves from under their duvet there may be a bigger issue. Talk to your child to see if there any issues that you weren’t aware of and, together, you can resolve their problems.
Have any of these tricks helped to get your tired teenager out of bed in the morning? If so, let us know how you went about it in the comments.