I’m Tired, But I Can’t Get to Sleep
By: Amy Hammerschlag, MA, Psychological Associate
It’s hard to get to sleep nowadays because of all the fun things you can do, like watch TV, play video games, or look at social media and videos on your tablet or phone. Sleep can also get disrupted when you’re worried, upset, or going through a stressful situation.
Teens should sleep 8-10 hours per night while children younger than that need that much sleep or even more! Children ages 6-12 need 9-10 hours of sleep per night!
Some tips for getting good sleep really have to do with limiting your screen time, as hard as that is to do! The blue light on the screen tricks our brains and makes our brains think…” it’s daytime, so let’s stay awake, body!”
Before bed, put your phone or tablet away and stop playing video games for at least an hour. Establish new routines before bed, like taking a bath, getting into comfy pajamas, listening to calming music, hanging out with your family, or reading a book. This will help your body get relaxed! You can also try some guided meditation, or you can do progressive muscle relaxation. Guess what? These strategies can work when you’re feeling stressed, anxious, or upset!
Amy Hammerschlag is a Registered Psychological Associate for Dr. Laura Steele and a former school psychologist. She is currently accepting clients in Brea.
For more information, you can reach her at [email protected]