Teenagers seemed to have turned into nocturnal beings. The world sleeps when they are awake. This behavioural pattern has a biological reason. Puberty among teens changes an adolescent's internal clock and this influences the sleep cycles and hormonal changes. This phenomenon is medically termed as delayed sleep phase syndrome. Eventhough it is common, delayed sleep phase syndrome doesn't affect every teenager.
An average teenager needs around nine hours of sleep every night in order to maintain a healthy daytime alertness. But only around 15 percent of teens actually sleep that amount regularly. They usually sleep for around six hours, or even less, that too in odd timings. Sleep is one of the main causes of illhealth among teens.
A popular saying thus goes, "An idle brain is a devil's workshop". If they are not strudying or playing, kids have to be engaged in some other activity which makes their body and brain alert. This activity could be anything from physical to mind-boggling mental activities. kids are more like mini computers, the more data is fed in today, the higher will be the output in the years to come.
To increase your child's activity level, you must first avoid them from engaging in activities that promote idleness and get them into safe, fun, active alternatives. One of the biggest problems with children is that they love to be around television and computer games which actually cause more harm than good to kids. Parents also should involve themselves with the children by playing with them. This also makes them think that their parents are an essential and integral part of their life.
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