In the morning, teenagers need to be exposed to bright sunlight in order to wake up. This light activates the pineal gland and cues the brain to “rise and shine”. This light issue poses a serious health challenge for even adults who have the 2nd or 3rd shift. There’s no natural light to spark an awake state.
But for your teen student, don’t throw open the curtains because you’ll be irritating an already irritable person. Introduce the light in stages. But what if it’s dark when they get up?
Find light bulbs that are as close to the natural light spectrum as possible and turn them on in stages.
Yelling at your teenagers in a darkened room isn’t going to get them out of bed.
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