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Old 07-08-2007, 01:05 PM   #1
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13 yr old tired all the time?

My 13 yr old seems to be tired all the time. Sleeps about 10 hours a night but still seems to be tired. I know teenagers can get that way but is 13 too soon for this?
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Re: 13 yr old tired all the time?

Look into sleep disorders like sleep apnea or hypopnea. 10 hours is more than enough at the age of 13. More and continued fatigue are teh major indicators of hypopnea based sleep apnea. Does she snore? Does she wake more than one a night? Does she still have her tonsils?

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Old 07-09-2007, 03:32 AM   #3
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Re: 13 yr old tired all the time?

From what I read online, teenagers need an average of 9 to 10 hours of sleep a night. As to why your teenager is still tired after that amount of sleep is the question? Has she/he been to the doctors? Is there any way she could have mono? I know one of my daughters is chronically tired...until she wants to do something with her friends or at this point her boyfriend. She's 19 now but I remember as early as 13 her being like your teenager...tired no matter how long she slept. I would get a thorough physical at the doctors if possible and go from there.

 
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Re: 13 yr old tired all the time?

You could get her checked out that she is not anemic. Another thing is she eating correctly?

 
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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.

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