How the Time Change Affects Teen Mental Health

How the Time Change Affects Teen Mental Health
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Every spring, we dread when Daylight Savings Time begins and we lose that extra precious hour of sleep. But did you know that time change can also harm your teen’s mental health? Read on to learn how the time change affects your teenager and what you can do to help them cope with the transition.

The Impact of the Time Change on Teenagers

Many people don’t think about how their sleep schedule is affected by Daylight Savings Time, but for teenagers, it can have a lasting impact. Teens need more sleep than adults, and disrupting their regular sleep routine can throw off their biological clock and make them more likely to develop insomnia or other mental health issues. This lack of sleep has been linked to increased depression, anxiety, and irritability in teens.

Tips for Coping with the Time Change

It may not be possible to avoid the effects of Daylight Savings Time altogether, but there are steps you can take as a parent to help your teen cope with the transition. Here are some tips:

• Stick to a consistent bedtime routine – A regular bedtime routine helps your teen stay on track with their internal clock. Ensure they stick to it even after the time change, so they don’t fall behind on their sleep schedule.

• Get natural light during the day – Natural light signals to our bodies that it’s time to be awake and alert. Encourage your teen to spend time outdoors during daylight hours or open up blinds at home so that they get plenty of natural light during waking hours.

• Avoid caffeine late in the day – Caffeine can disrupt your teen’s sleep schedule and make it harder for them to fall asleep at night. If possible, avoid giving them caffeine after lunchtime or limit their intake before bedtime.

The beginning of Daylight Savings Time can be a difficult adjustment for teens who rely heavily on a consistent sleep schedule for their mental health and well-being. As parents, you want your kids to be well-rested and healthy—so we must pay attention to how this time change impacts our teenage children and find ways to help them adjust accordingly. By following these tips and watching for signs of distress or disrupted sleeping habits, you can help ensure that your teenager makes a smooth transition into DST each year!

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