Be Mindful of Your Teen’s Sleep Patterns

Your teen should be getting an average of 8.5 to 9 hours of sleep. Difficulty waking up in the morning and acting moody or depressed may be signs that your teen is not getting enough sleep.

As much as they need it, many teens aren’t getting enough sleep. If you find your teen’s sleep patterns concerning, we have some tips and ideas to help.

Do you have a teen that likes to stay up all hours of the night? Do they like to play video games, watch movies and do everything other than get a good night’s sleep?

What Teen’s Sleep Patterns Should Look Like

Teens ages 13-18 years old should sleep an average of 8.5-9 hours each night. Getting the recommended amount of sleep is very important for teens because sleep problems can lead to other more serious health problems.

Be Mindful of the Following:

  • Having a difficult time waking up in the morning
  • Having trouble focusing and concentrating
  • Falling asleep during class
  • Feeling moody and maybe even depressed

Tips to Help Your Teen Get Sufficient Rest:

  1. Encourage them to be active during the day
  2. Help them avoid stimulants like caffeine and sugar during the evening
  3. Put a curfew on electronics
  4. Help your teen relax during evening by keeping the lights low and creating a comfortable sleeping environment

If you think your teen is getting enough sleep at night, but they still feel tired during the day, it is a good idea to contact a doctor. To find a doctor visit the Find a Doctor section of A doctor can give advice based on your teen’s specific needs.