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Why is your teenager always tired?
If you have a teenager living in your house, you may be wondering why they always seem so tired. Like many teens, yours may sleep through the alarm during the week and stay in bed till eleven on the weekends. And when they do get out of bed, they walk around like zombies until the afternoon when they’re suddenly awake again and not interested in going to bed until midnight.
However, you’ll probably be pleased to know this behaviour isn’t just your teenager being a rebel; sometimes it may have a physical cause1. While understanding how, when and why teenagers sleep is quite a complex challenge, there are ways you can help your teen sleep better. Read our tips and advice below and, hopefully, you can help your teen get a good night’s sleep, starting today!
Research has shown that the developing brain of a teenager needs between nine and ten hours of sleep every night2. If your teenager doesn’t get enough sleep, the effects may include:
There are many reasons why your teenager may not be getting enough sleep. Some experts3 say that during the teen years the body's circadian rhythm (a bit like an internal biological clock) is temporarily reset; which makes teenagers fall asleep later and wake up later. This change may be because the melatonin, a brain hormone, is produced later at night for teens than for anyone else. This can make it harder for teens to fall asleep early.
Another reason teenagers don’t get enough sleep is that they’re actually quite busy with school, homework, part-time jobs, relationships, sport, extra-curricular activities and friendships. With all this going on, it seems many secondary school students don’t get to sleep until 11pm or later.
And yet another reason could be that teenagers simply like staying awake at night as it’s one of the few times they have to themselves. Below we look at a few more reasons why your teenager might be walking around like a zombie.
Remember, if you're concerned about your teen being constantly tired during the day, contact their doctor. It’s important to determine if your teenager is depressed or has a sleep disorder, to ensure they receive the proper treatment.
Here are some tips you can try, to help your teen get a better sleep.
As you’ve just read, there’s no reason to LOL if your teenager isn’t getting enough sleep as it can affect many aspects of their life. By allowing them to have their computer, tablet or phone in their bedroom when they sleep, you may be making the problem worse.
If their phone pings, rings, beeps or vibrates during the night, chances are it will wake them. And if they’re received a message or photo, they’ll probably want to respond. And this means their sleep has been disrupted and it may take hours for them to get back to sleep. And that’s if they’re not engaged in a message marathon.
You may not be their BFF as a result, but by sticking to a cut-off curfew for electronic devices, your teenagers should enjoy the benefits of tech-free downtime and ping-free sleep.
If you think your teenager isn’t getting enough sleep try and talk to them about it to see if you can help and to determine if it’s a serious problem. If it is, you might like to take your teenager to see a doctor or a sleep specialist.
If you’d like to discuss your teenager’s mattress needs to ensure they have the best one for their needs, visit your local Snooze store as we can help take the guesswork out of buying a mattress.
1. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
2. Better Health
3. Kids Health
4. National Sleep Foundation
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