Many parents are confused about the sleep patterns of teenagers. They complain that they can’t get their teenager to go to bed at a decent hour and then are not able to coax them out of bed in the morning.
Infants and children are “larks”; They wake early and sleep early
Teenagers are “owls”; They stay up until the wee hours of the morning and awaken late.
Sleep patterns are controlled by a complex web of brain signalling and hormones – they are regulated by maturational stages. This reverts more to the early to bed, early to rise pattern in adulthood.
Teenagers have a delayed release of melatonin (the hormone responsible for sleep) by about 2 hours……