Children in their teenage years may begin having problems sleeping. There is no "right" amount of sleep for teens. Each child's needs are different. But some teens have sleep problems that keep them from getting the sleep they need. Some sleep problems go away on their own. Others need medical care.
Some teens don't go to bed until late at night and don't fall asleep until early morning. These teens are often sleepy in the morning. On the weekends, they may sleep until afternoon. This problem is called delayed sleep-phase syndrome. Drinking more coffee, cola, and other caffeine-filled drinks to stay awake will make this problem worse, not better.
A teen who starts to have trouble sleeping may worry about it. This may make the teen more sleepless. Stress can keep the child from getting enough sleep each night.
Sometimes the reason for a lack of sleep can't be found. Your teen's doctor will work with you to find out what is causing the sleep problem. Sometimes tests or sleep studies are done.
For most children, exercise, a healthy diet, and a good bedtime routine will solve the problem. If you try these changes and your teen still has sleep problems, your doctor may prescribe medicine or suggest other treatment.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
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