Re: 13 yr old tired all the time?
Here is a summary of the guidelines my sleep specialist gave me to follow as far as sleep durations.
0-6 Months - generally sleep or drowse for 16 to 20 hours a day
6-12 Months - 3 hours during the day, and about 11 hours at night ( I wish my child had slept like this.. now I know sleep apnea was to blame I can see the signs in future children)
1 to 3 Years - 10-13 hours a day/night. If they sleep a 12 hour night don't expect them to nap.
Preschoolers - 10 - 12 hours a day/night. Should see an increased night cycle with a reduction in need for naps.
6 - 9 - 10 hours of sleep a day.
10 - 12 - about 9 hours a night.
Lack of sleep for kids can cause irritable or hyper types of behavior often mistaken for ADHD and can also make a condition like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) worse.
Teens (13-19) - 8-9.5 hours a night.
Trust me, sleep deprivation adds up over time, so an hour less per night is like a full night without sleep by the end of the week. Among other things, sleep deprivation can lead to:
* decreased attentiveness
* decreased short-term memory
* inconsistent performance
* delayed response time
All symptoms commonly asociated with ADD/ADHD. These symptoms are devastating to young adults and can cause generally bad tempers, problems in school, stimulant use, and driving accidents (more than half of "asleep-at-the-wheel" car accidents are caused by teens). Sleep deprivation is serious business.. as is OSA (Obstructive sleep apnea).
Ideally, a teenager should try to go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning, allowing for at least 8 to 9 hours of sleep. This is easier said than done. I was famous for doing so much that I could only get 5 hours sleep when I went to sleep. Teens are always active and on the go.. sometimes we have to make them slow down.
If we learn by our mistakes, I am working on one hell of an education.