Sleep Needs of Teens

Sleep is nature’s way of renewing and maintaining balance-physically,
emotionally, and spiritually. Teenagers need about 9.5 hours of sleep
each night. It is thought that sleep requirements increase for teens
because the hormones that are essential for maturing bodies are
released mainly during sleep. Yet studies show that most teenagers only
get about 7.4 hours of sleep a night. This is not enough for a teen to
be healthy.

Lack of sleep leaves us confused and undirected, open to the chaotic
influences of others who are also sleep-deprived. Deep and regular
sleep keeps us in close contact with our own inner knowing and moves us
steadily toward the accomplishment of our own goals.

Regular sleep is also the basis for developing clear intuition, that
inner voice that represents our truest desires. Throughout history wise
men and women have used the quiet night hours to get in touch with
their intuitive knowing. Try this simple practice: wait until you are
in bed, quiet and relaxed, just before falling asleep. If there is
something that you need or want, make your request or ask your question
of the Divine within you. Fall asleep naturally. In the morning, do not
jump up immediately. Wait for a few minutes, expectantly but not
anxiously, to see if some intuitive “knowing” comes to you. Do not be
discouraged if it doesn’t. It takes time to develop intuition. And the
answer may come later on in some quiet moment, when you least expect
it. Answers from the Indwelling Divine fill us with peace and security.
We know with confidence how to proceed. Or we know with confidence that
we are protected and guided.

If you are having trouble staying on top of life, try going to bed
early and getting 9.5 hours of sleep each night. Many of the answers
you seek may be no farther away than your own pillow.

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