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Web Chat: Sleep: Mon 18th Apr 4:30-5pm

Join us for a chat from 4:30pm on Monday 18th April 2016.

Struggling to sleep? Starting to feel frustrated? Want to know how you can help yourself to get a better nights sleep. Join this chat on Monday 18th April 4:30pm – 5pm to get advice from a healthcare professional, connect with other young people, ask questions, find answers and discuss.

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Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 18 Apr 15:29

Hi Everyone the chat will be open in 1 minute

YawningHorse / 18 Apr 15:31

I can't sleep at night

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) YawningHorse / 18 Apr 15:32

Why do you think this is?

YawningHorse Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 18 Apr 15:34

I'm worried about my exams

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 18 Apr 15:31

Lack of sleep in teenagers is quite common. Most reasons for poor sleep can be prevented.

StunnedDinosaur / 18 Apr 15:33

How much sleep should I get every night?

StunnedDinosaur / 18 Apr 15:33

I always have problem falling asleep... and also waking up!

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 18 Apr 15:34

Did you know that 10- 14 year olds need between 9 to 10 hours of sleep per night, 15 and older 8 to 9 hours

StunnedDinosaur / 18 Apr 15:35

How can I make it easier for me to fall asleep?

YawningHorse / 18 Apr 15:36

Warm milk helps me!

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 18 Apr 15:36

Tips to help you fall asleep go to bed when you are feeling sleepy; keep bedroom dark, quiet and bed comfortable; switch of your mobiles, computer, video games and TV 1 hour before bed. As these keep your brain active and stop you falling asleep

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 18 Apr 15:38

Warm milk can help you relax and a lot of people find this helpful. Don't drink anything with caffeine such as tea, coffee, hot chocolate

StunnedDinosaur / 18 Apr 15:39

I have problems waking up, I think I'm a deep sleeper..
how can i wake up easily???

YawningHorse StunnedDinosaur / 18 Apr 15:39

Me to. I literally can't get up in morning

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 18 Apr 15:39

Can you think of anything else that may help you fall asleep?

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 18 Apr 15:41

Some people do sleep deeply and can struggle to get up in the mornings. Setting your alarm on snooze is a good idea so if you don't get up the first time your alarm will go off again.

StunnedDinosaur / 18 Apr 15:41

erm staying relaxed could help? Reading a book? Thinking of good things, things you enjoy?

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 18 Apr 15:43

It is quite common for teenagers to struggle to get out of bed in the morning. Usually as you get older getting up in the morning gets easier

YawningHorse / 18 Apr 15:45

I've heard a warm shower can help to

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 18 Apr 15:45

A bed time routine is good, having a warm bath can be relaxing. Quiet time like reading a book is good. Thinking of good thinks is helpful too

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 18 Apr 15:47

Warm shower can be helpful. Thanks for all the great ideas

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 18 Apr 15:48

Spending time out side, regular exercise, not too close to bed time can be helpful

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 18 Apr 15:50

If you have worries before sleeping, write them down. These can be looked at the next day. Talking about your worries with parents and friends can be helpful.

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 18 Apr 15:51

If you can't sleep don't lie there worrying about it. Get up and do something you find relaxing until you feel sleepy again. Then go back to bed.

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 18 Apr 15:53

Too much food, alcohol and smoking can interrupt your sleep patterns

YawningHorse / 18 Apr 15:53

I get hungry at night

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 18 Apr 15:53

What happens if you don't get enough sleep?

YawningHorse Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 18 Apr 15:56

you get cranky

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 18 Apr 15:58

You could have a light snack an hour before bed such as milk, a plain biscuit, piece of fruit, toast. You should make sure you are eating enough during the day, aim to eat 3 main meals a day.

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 18 Apr 15:58

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Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 18 Apr 16:00

Yes you can get cranky. If you do not get enough sleep you will feel sleepy during the day, lack concentration, irritable, lack motivation, find learning difficult and can affect your mood

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 18 Apr 16:01

Thank you for joining us on this chat. It has been very interesting and you have shared some good ideas. SWEET DREAMS

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