Teen Insomnia



A teen insomnia study was done by researchers at the University of Texas who wanted to examine insomnia in teens. They interviewed over 4000 young men and young women aged 11 to 17 and then followed up with a majority of them one year later. Over the course of the year follow up, 13.9% had at least one, and usually more, symptoms of teenage insomnia and 5.5% had insomnia with daytime fatigue. Overall, the facts show about half of these cases were chronic (one third for those with daytime teenage fatigue). Interestingly there were no links to age, gender, of family income level. The authors conclude that there are many untreated cases of teen insomnia in the US. More research and attention should be paid to the sleep health and issue of teenage insomnia.

If your teen experiences difficulty in getting up in the morning, it turns out they have plenty of company. According to figures, almost 80 percent of adolescents don't get the recommended amount of sleep, reports a recent National Sleep Foundation poll. Sleep-deprived teenage adolescents are more likely to get poor grades, feel depressed, and even fall asleep behind the wheel. It is an important issue in society.


Tips to improve your sleep.

  • Maintain a regular bedtime schedule.
  • Avoid excessive time in bed.
  • Avoid taking naps.
  • Use the bed only for sleeping and sexual relations.
  • Do not watch the clock.
  • Do something relaxing before bedtime.
  • Make the bedroom as quiet as possible.
  • Avoid the consumption of alcohol and caffeine within 12 hours of bedtime
  • Exercise moderately, regularly, and not within 4 hours of bedtime.
  • Avoid going to bed hungry.



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