21.02.2014
During the month of August, I frequently see teenagers in the OHSU Doernbecher Pediatric Sleep Disorders Clinic who are sleeping routinely until noon or later. After waking each morning, your teen should get outside to get natural light exposure as soon as possible.
Just as with adults, the amount of sleep children need varies with both age and unique needs of the individual. 1 to 4 weeks old: Neonates spend approximately 65% to 75% of their daily activity in a sleep state. At this age, many infants have the ability to sleep evening blocks of 5 to 6 hours without interruption; however most will wake for feedings or diaper changes during the night. 1 to 3 years old: While specialists point out that most toddlers need about 12 to 14 hours of daily sleep, many may be forced to survive on less. 3 to 6 years old: This age range commonly needs approximately 10 to 13 hours of sleep per day with younger individuals taking a nap after lunch. 9 to 11 hours of sleep each night; pre-teens often receive 9 to 10 hours (though some may require more). A number of vital tasks carried out during sleep help maintain good health and enable people to function at their best. Sleepwalking is a condition in which an individual walks or does other activities while asleep.


Sleep-related breathing disorders are characterized by disruptions of normal breathing patterns that only occur during sleep. Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD) is a sleep disorder characterized by rhythmic movements of the limbs during sleep. The main reason this occurs is that teens often sleep as late as possible, usually much later than during the school year. Daycare and erratically spaced car trips necessary for the needs of older siblings often deny or disrupt continuous sleep patterns, most often naps. When manipulated, this early morning light exposure can help advance (make earlier) teens’ sleep-wake schedule. Academic pressure is a common reason for sleep deprivation and inadequate hours of sleep in your teen.Coffee helps many-a-teen concentrate on academic work. Teenage signals the onset of acne and the skin conditions can affect his confidence levels and depress him.Sleep disturbance or lack of adequate sleep can make him irritable and unduly stressed. He may start having body image issues and might even contract eating disorders like bulimia or anorexia. On the other hand, he could start depending on junk food, which can lead to all sorts of health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and heart disease.Lack of sleep can most commonly result in depression.
He may even lose interest in eating and eat little.If he has started driving, a lack of sleep could be serious and sometimes even a fatal condition.


Most teen accidents that involve an automobile happen when a teen drives without paying full attention.
However, early morning classes or school affects her sleep and can cause chronic sleep deprivation.2.
At night, lights from television, computers, laptops, and mobile devices prevent sufficient production of melatonin, a neurotransmitter in the brain, which handles sleep.5. So it is necessary to follow certain good practices to prevent and treat teenage sleep disorders.Follow a relaxing bed routine. Advise your teen to avoid watching television at night, play video games, and surf web in dark hours since these activities release light that prevents them from falling asleep.Tell her to avoid loud music at night as noise can hamper her sleep adversely. You may have taught him the importance of bedtime, but as your child enters his teens, the importance seems to diminish and bedtime fast becomes a thing of the past. Here, we list some routines or tips you can follow that will help him have adequate sleep and regulate his sleeping pattern:Make sure that his bedtime routine is consistent each day, whether it is a weekday or a weekend.
Try to make him go to bed and wake up at the same time each night and day.Ensure that his bedroom or sleep area is comfortable, quiet and dark.



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