The stresses of being a teen can be overwhelming, but a good night’s sleep should not factor into this challenge.
Despite strenuous schoolwork and extracurricular obligations, as well as hormonal changes and peer stress, it is important for teens to get at least 8-10 hours of sleep each night.
Often times, our youth have a difficult time falling asleep and staying asleep due to many factors, which include comfort, environment noise and temperature, lighting, use of electronics, as well as personal sleep patterns.
While adjustments to a teen’s room or routines (e.g., no television or cell phone before bedtime) make it possible to improve sleep habits, a lack of proper sleep support can undermine a teen’s sleep cycle. Therefore, the best way to improve a teens sleep is by finding the right mattress for him/her.
A simple mattress upgrade can drastically improve your teen’s sleep patterns and subsequently impact other aspects of their daily life, improving their energy levels and overall temperament.
When shopping for your teen’s new bed, consider the following important factors:
- Size: While twin beds are common for younger children, larger beds allow for future growth and tend to be preferred by teens. While shopping, consider your child’s preference and bedroom space to find the best fit. As an added bonus, these beds often become guest beds when children leave home.
- Firmness: It is incredibly beneficial for adolescents to have a supportive mattress so that their spine and back are properly supported while they are growing. The mattress should be comfortable for your teen, with firm support, yet enough padding to relieve pressure. To help your child choose the best mattress, test each bed with them at the store to determine the best fit for their needs.
- Other needs: If your child has allergies or asthma, you may opt for a synthetic-filled mattress to resist dust mites and allergens. When shopping for a bed, look for mattresses that also have microbial or hypoallergenic fill and covers to help reduce these potential problems.