Sleep Patterns of Teenagers

Sleep Patterns of Teenagers

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……