Getting enough sleep and rest is important during the teen years.
Teens need more sleep than younger children, because rapid physical growth and
activity during the teen years can cause fatigue. Many teenagers sleep late
whenever possible and often have problems getting up in the morning.
Teenagers' biological clocks change during puberty. Typically,
adolescents and teens fall asleep at a later hour at night and tend to sleep
later in the morning. This pattern can present problems, because school
schedules often require that teens get up early for classes. Some teens may
develop sleep deprivation, which can result in:
Having problems getting up in the morning or
falling asleep during the day.
Being sleepy and irritable during
Teenagers need about 10 hours of sleep each night. If your teen is
showing signs of not getting enough sleep, you can:
Talk about how your teen's body is changing, and
explain the need for more sleep.
Try to set a good sleeping
pattern for your teen. Encourage your teen to finish homework on weekends or
during the day. And encourage him or her to sleep in on the weekends.
Suggest after-school naps.
Help your teen have a quiet bedroom. Turn off the computer, TV, cell phones, and other media.