Friday, May 20, 2011

Sleepy Teenagers a Common Problem

We've all read articles that laud the benefits of sleep -- it restores, it repairs, it rejuvenates. Most adults readily see the rewards of a good night's sleep.

Personally, I love to sleep. It's one of my favorite activities -- maybe it's not an activity, but I love it anyway. When it's time to peel away the world and crawl into bed, I'm a happy camper.

With teenagers, it's a tougher sell. There are so many more interesting things -- most of which involve electronics -- to be doing. Problem is, after staying awake until 2 a.m., they sleep through the first couple of class periods the next day.

There is a good article at the NPR website that includes practical answers to parents' questions. It doesn't offer solutions, but you'll find some food for thought. I emailed it to my son (he's 19), but he won't see it for awhile. It's noon, and he's still asleep.

For the minority of teenagers who sleep long but not well, parents can speak with their teen's doctor about the possibility of doing a sleep study. The Fauquier Health Sleep Center is located in Warrenton and can help determine if there are any underlying factors.

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