As A Parent, What To Do About Insomnia In Teenagers

By: Christopher Jay

Do your teenagers seem to stay up all night? If they cannot sleep, what does that mean? Are they ill? Should they be taken to a doctor? It can be difficult to determine what teenagers are going through. That is the age they stop communicating directly with the parents and become more secretive of what is going on in their lives. This is mostly because their bodies are changing, their hormones are changing and they are going through the life stage known as puberty. That is why, if your teenager is staying up at all hours of the night, it is your job as a parent to find out why.

Some Causes Of Insomnia In Teenagers

There are many causes of insomnia in teenagers, but the reasons need to be found so they can be taken care of. The teenage years are important as far as learning and development are concerned. They are about to become adults, after all, and they need all their energy and mental capacity in order to enter into maturity. When the teenager fails to sleep, however, their energy and mental capacity are hindered and that can affect their development.

Some of the causes of insomnia in teenagers could be stress from work or school, relationship issues, money issues, family issues, especially if the parents are having trouble, and it could also come from the teenager using elicit drugs.

My Teenager? Use Drugs?

For some parents, the thought of their teenager doing drugs is unfathomable. However, drug use is more prevalent than ever, especially in young people where the force of peer pressure is very strong. Cocaine and methamphetamines give the user a sense of euphoria but they also cause the person to stay up, sometimes for days. Not only that, but they are also very addictive; typically draining the person of money and all motivation.

You must talk to your teenager to find out what is causing his or her insomnia. If you still cannot pin point the cause of the insomnia, then it might be time to see a doctor. A doctor will determine if it is stress of drug use, or whatever, that is causing your child to lose sleep. Insomnia in teenagers can happen every now and again, but if it happens constantly, find out what is causing it and help your teenager take care of it so that they can function correctly during the day when it matters most, such as in school, work, and in preparation for adulthood.

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