Multiple ways to treat insomnia in your teen
#1) Light Therapy. You can expose your teens to bright light in the mornings. This will help their body feel like it is time to wake up. Also, a device called a light box can be used to serve this purpose.
#2) Keep the bedroom dark at night, or in subdued light. That can signal to the teenage body that it is time to sleep.
#3) Chronotherapy is another insomnia treatment option. Delay bedtime for your teen by two or three hours progressively every night for several succeeding nights. As an example, if your teenager typically sleeps at midnight, you can make them stay up until 2 or 3 am and get up at 10 or 11 am. The next night, they will sleep at 6 am and wake up at 2 pm, and so on. Continue with this pattern until you reach the desired bedtime. This is a good way to address insomnia in teens towards the end of the summer break.
4) Medications with melatonin. Melatonin, a sleep-inducing hormone, can help your teen with their insomnia. Let your teenager take it five hours before the desired bedtime. Taking melatonin, though, should be more of a last resort as this can have side effects and your should consult with your doctor first.
Apart from these insomnia treatments, you can do the following to help your teenager with their insomnia.
1) Encourage them to exercise during the daytime, but not within three hours before their bedtime. Regular exercise will help establish regular, healthy sleep patterns.
2) Discourage them from doing homework or anything else that is mentally stimulating one hour before bedtime.
3) Decrease caffeine in their diet to help with their insomnia.
4) Remove all distractions from their bedroom, such as video games, the TV, or telephone.
5) If your teenagers are worried about the things they need to do the next day, let them make a list to eliminate anxiety for the moment.