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Why Your Parents Should Let You Sleep

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Just try not to count on sleeping more on certain days. It turns out that a sleep schedule that is drastically different on weekends can put your body out of whack -- making it harder for you to get to bed and get up when you need to during the week.

5. "Sleeping can help me not get sick."

You can't be in good overall health when you keep missing out on rest. When you don't get enough, your immune system gets weak, making it easier for you to catch colds and other illnesses. Too little sleep can also lead to unusually aggressive behavior, and an urge to eat unhealthy foods or use drugs or alcohol.

6. "Go to bed earlier? It's not that simple."

Even after you've tried all of these reasons, your parents may just tell you, "Go to bed earlier." But that can be easier said than done.

You shouldn't go to bed unless you're sleepy, or you'll be tossing and turning while trying to drift off. The best way to nod off, even if it is earlier than you'd like, is to get into a sleeping pattern. So you'll need to train yourself. The good news is that gives you a reason to get some downtime away from homework, chores, friends, and your family.

Find a relaxing activity to do in the hour leading up to the time you need to get to bed. You could read, listen to music, or soak in the tub. But things like watching TV, surfing the Internet, gaming, and texting don't count, because they don't let your mind shut down.

If you're hungry before you start your bedtime routine, have a snack, not a full meal. Make it light but satisfying -- like a few whole-grain crackers and low-fat cheese. And it probably goes without saying: For a better night's sleep, lay off the caffeine.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch, MD on January 31, 2016
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