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Helping your teen get a healthy night's sleep

Have you discovered your teen sleeping with his phone? Clearly, a kid can’t get much sleep if he’s texting and Facebooking all night.

Here are some tips on encouraging a restful night for your teen from the Boulder Valley School District’s Thrive newsletter:

  • Contact your local high school principal to find out if your school will be offering the option of a later start time.
  • Minimize caffeine products, such as coffee, tea, soda and chocolate beginning in the late afternoon.
  • Consider moving electronics out of the bedroom (TV, computer, cell phone, iPod, etc.) or agreeing on shutting everything off by a certain time.
  • Avoid eating, drinking, and exercise within a few hours of bedtime.
  • Encourage completion of homework earlier in the day.

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