According to the National Sleep Foundation, your teen should be getting around nine hours and 15 minutes of sleep every night for optimal physical and mental functioning. It may seem like your teenager is sleeping non-stop, but in reality he’s probably not getting enough quality shut-eye. To keep your sanity and sense of humor through this teenage phase, you may need to list the funny reasons why he’s sleeping so much.
Internal Clock Reset
A teen’s internal clock does a temporary reset that messes with his normal sleep cycle. The body naturally secretes a sleep hormone called melatonin that tells the body it’s time to rest. During puberty, your teen’s body starts to release this hormone later than it did when he was younger. A teenager’s body starts to establish a bedtime of 11 p.m. or later. So, even if you tell him to go to sleep at 10 p.m., he may just stare at the wall for hours and sleep in later than you thought he would.
The rapid growth and various body changes that come with puberty takes its toll on your teen’s energy levels. It’s a lot of work growing inches up, sprouting body hair and trying to balance out the never-ending hormone fluctuations.This can make your teen tired and fatigued. He may need extra sleep to get replenished and revived.
Early school start times don’t line up with teen sleep cycles. If your teen’s high school session starts before 8:30 a.m., he may not be getting enough sleep each night. Since his body is on its own later bedtime schedule these days, he may be regularly falling short of his recommended sleep ration, making him more tired and craving sleep. His dragging feet, blank stare and incoherent mumble may not be just an act to get out of going to school.
Teens that watch television or play video games right before going to sleep may not get enough quality, restful sleep. Some programs and games are quite stimulating and action-packed which can make him more awake, alert and far from sleepy. Advise your teen to turn the television off at least an hour or two before bedtime and find a quieter, more soothing activity, such as reading, to do before hitting the sack. This gives his body time to properly prepare for sleepy time.