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How Much Sleep Does a 13 Year Old Need?

23 November 2011 No Responses

When you have children you are going to want them to start sleeping through the night as soon as possible.  This will ensure that you are able to sleep as well so that everyone in the family will be happy and healthy.

There is always the fear that your child is going to get their days and nights confused and that they are going to be keeping you up through the night for the rest of your life.

The flip side of this is that when your child finally begins to grow and becomes a teenager you might find that they are sleeping all of the time.  They may be up late with friends and then they want to sleep all day.  Maybe your 13 year old boy seems to be tired all of the time.  You may find yourself worried about the amount of sleep that he is getting.  You may even be wondering how much sleep your child really needs.

Teenagers are going to need to have approximately 9 ½ hours of sleep each night.  Now, there are some teens that are going to be able to function properly with as little as 8 ½ hours of sleep but it would be best for you to ensure that your 13 year old boy is getting closer to 9 ½ hours.  What you need to remember is that according to the National Sleep Foundation, is that many teens do not get the amount of sleep that they need to be healthy.  Most teens are going to have irregular sleep patterns and this can make it very difficult for your teenager to function properly and maintain healthy energy levels.

So, the next time you are thinking about the amount of sleep that your 13 year old son should be getting you are going to want to consider the following.  First of all, if your teen is not getting enough sleep he may be more prone to pimples.  Just telling him this may be enough to help him get to bed earlier.  He may be more irritable and you might notice that he is yelling a lot more.  He may even find himself arguing with his friends and fighting with others more frequently.  Finally, your child may begin eating more sweets and more junk food when they are not getting enough sleep.  Their body may crave the sugar in order to gain a little extra boost and some energy.  Many teens will find themselves consuming more fried food because of this as well.

You should work with your teen to find a healthy sleep pattern.  Help keep him on track and help him fully understand what he is doing to his body and what the negative consequences may be.  If you believe that your child is struggling with a sleep disorder then you should consult your doctor.

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