How to get your teenager out of bed in the morning

Let’s take a walk down memory lane. Do you remember being sixteen? Not the homework or times with friends but do you remember being exhausted? Due to the hormonal changes happening in teenage bodies, teens tend to be drowsy and sleep a lot. We investigate how to not only get them out of bed but to get them productive once they’re up!

Studies show teenagers need 9¼ hours of sleep a night! Of course, with our busy lives and demanding schedules, this is not likely to happen every night.

Schedule of activities

  • Playing sports after 8:00pm, such as soccer with friends, releases endorphins and makes it harder to sleep. Encourage them to only play soccer on a Friday night so that they’re not drowsy in class.
  • Maintain a regular sleep schedule.
  • Homework time should be as much a routine as possible with a set time of 2-3 hours. Help set a timetable for your teen.
  • Schedule a short nap – less than 30 minutes – after school. This refreshes the mind and body.

Understanding responsibility

Explain to your teenager that they need to wake up at a decent time in order to be a functional member of society. Whatever career your child wants to go into, they need to have the discipline to be in control of their body. Constant over-sleeping and missing deadlines, for example, are not professional. The traits a teenager picks up now will affect their success as an adult.

Tips and tricks to wake up

  • Set an annoying alarm clock across the room, forcing them to get out bed to turn it off.
  • Splashing one’s face with cold water first thing in the morning will quickly wake you up.
  • Make your bed as soon as you get up. This makes it less tempting to get back into bed!
  • Have a healthy and satisfying breakfast.
  • Remind your teenager that waking up early is a form of self-love so they can achieve all their goals for that day.


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