Expert Offers Helpful Tips For Chronically Sleepy Teens

With the school year now in full swing, getting a good night’s rest is especially important for teenagers. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 70 percent of teens don’t get the sleep they actually need. Viewers of ABC Eyewitness News in Chicago got timely advice from The Sleep Ambassador® Nancy Rothstein. She shared tips for teens and parents, which included turning off phones, changing schedules and techniques for improving nasal breathing. We were delighted to learn that The Sleep Ambassador uses Mute and suggested that it may help teens and parents as well.

Host Cheryl Burton lamented that her teens are up all night and want to sleep until noon. “[That is] partly because their biological clock is a little bit different from ours,” explained Rothstein. “Having teens get up at 5 or 6 in the morning is like an adult getting up at 3 a.m.”

Rothstein was ready with top tips for parents, beginning with teens’ use of technology. “I’ve talked to teens, you just can’t take their phone away; it’s like an appendage,” she said. Instead, she suggested having a family pact, where everyone sets a tech curfew. Teens may need some convincing before they agree to turn off their phones a few hours before bedtime. Rothstein explained that a tech curfew is important because it removes the stimulation. “And, [devices are] impeding their melatonin, the sleep hormone, from coming out and doing its work during the night.”

Rothstein’s second tip surprised Burton. “A really, really important thing parents can do is observe their child’s breathing. Peek in during the night and look at them during the the day. Are they breathing through their nose? Why? We were made to breathe through our nose. Our mouths are for talking and for eating. You want to just start to really observe, are they congested? Do they have some kind of nasal obstruction? Do they need to see an [Ear, Nose and Throat specialist]? Do you need to talk to their pediatrician? We should all be breathing in and out through our nose.”

Rothstein suggested that teens use Mute so they can experience what it feels like to breathe better. “I sleep with it almost every night. It opens the nasal airway so you feel and get more [air], because you need that oxygen for your cells and your brain.”

She also reassured audiences that Mute is comfortable. “It’s so smartly designed. And it gives the teen and yourself an opportunity to see what it’s like to breathe properly. And it’s nasal breathing, mouth is closed. ”

Mute is made from ultra-soft medical grade polymers to ensure comfort throughout the night. Be sure to watch our video on how to use Mute, and then use our store locator to buy Mute, or purchase on Amazon.

Guest Blogger Offers Readers Tips For Sleeping Like A Kid Again

EmpowerHER is a website dedicated to improving women’s health and lives, so it is the perfect place for guest blogger The Sleep Ambassador® Nancy Rothstein, to discuss getting a better night’s sleep. Too many of us can’t even remember what a good night’s sleep feels like, maybe because we haven’t experienced it since we were children. We were pleased that Rothstein recommends using Mute as a way to improve sleep by encouraging nasal breathing.

EmpowerHER connects women with a community of reliable doctors and other health and wellness experts. Millions of women access the site to find answers to their health-related questions. Rothstein knows that sleep is a major concern for many women, who no longer even recall the feeling of falling asleep easily and bouncing out of bed in the morning. Here are Rothstein’s top tips for getting back that childhood feeling of waking up completely refreshed.

  • Limit  blue light exposure. Turn off devices an hour before bed to prevent exposure to blue light, which interferes with the sleep hormone, melatonin.
  • Make sleep a priority. Adults should be getting seven to nine hours of sleep each night.
  • Maintain a consistent sleep schedule. Getting up at the same time seven days a week sets your internal biological clock.
  • Don’t mouth breathe at night. If you snore or suffer from congestion at night, you may need to open the nasal airway with a dilator such as Mute.
  • Keep your eyes off the clock. If you wake up during the night, looking at the clock will stimulate your brain to start working.

As Rothstein says, “These tips should make good sleep a reality and not a far-fetched dream.”

If you have trouble breathing through your nose at night, you can find the perfect size of Mute nasal dilators here. Mute comes in small, medium and large, so women can find the perfect fit.

Editor’s note: Nancy Rothstein is a member of Media Relations Inc.’s panel of highly respected third-party experts. She is compensated to express her own professional opinions through the media about certain products.