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!
Five Quick Facts on Teenagers and Sleep
- Even 30 minutes of extra sleep each night can make a difference2.
- Sleep deprivation can cause reduced academic performance at school2.
- Sleepy teenagers are more easily injured, especially in traffic accidents2.
- Studies show that teenagers' sleep patterns differ from those of adults or younger children3.
- The earlier parents help their teens start good sleep patterns, the easier it is to sustain during the teen years4.