No one likes feeling tired all the time. If you’re a teen and you feel like you’re always exhausted, it’s worth talking to your parents or a doctor.
You could be suffering from a medical condition that is keeping you awake at night. A lack of sleep can affect your mood and mental health, as well as your physical wellbeing.
It can lead to weight gain, high blood pressure, and an increased risk of diabetes. And because sleeping too much can also result in fatigue, it may be difficult for you to know if there’s something wrong.
Here are some reasons why teens might sleep too much and what they c
A lack of sleep could be due to a lack of sleep deprivation. A lack of sleep can cause your body to retain more fat than usual, leading to rapid weight gain, according to Harvard Medical School.
Depression A poor quality of sleep could lead to feelings of depression or sadness, according to BBC Health.
Research suggests that the more you sleep, the more likely you are to develop depression. While certain antidepressants can help you fall asleep, this condition is common and can develop in anyone who doesn’t get enough sleep.
CNS Sleep Disorder A loss of deep sleep, or non-rapid eye movement, is thought to be behind “sleep talking” or insomnia, which means that you’re often waking up in the night and can’t get back to sleep.
If you’re frequently falling asleep during the day, your risk of sleep apnea is high.
This condition occurs when your airway collapses or restricts during sleep and causes you to stop breathing.
While there’s no cure for sleep apnea, lifestyle changes can help improve your chances of fighting it.
Make sure your bedroom is a silent and dark place, eat a light, nutrient-dense diet, and get enough exercise and physical activity.
If you’re still not getting the rest you need, your doctor may recommend a sleep study to help diagnose the condition.
Sleep Disorders These conditions can cause your airway to close during sleep, leading to snoring, snoring that keeps you from breathing, and snoring that stops you from breathing completely.
Kids who are diagnosed with narcolepsy have an autoimmune condition in which their bodies attack their sleep-wake rhythms. And teens are at high risk of this disorder because they are still growing and maturing. The most common symptoms of narcolepsy are:
Sleep paralysis – partial paralysis of the muscles that makes it hard to move Hallucinations Recurrent episodes of falling asleep and not waking up Lack of bladder control Inattentiveness Poor school performance Sleep apnea A number of teens have sleep apnea, which is when the muscles of the throat relax and block a person’s airway while he or she is asleep. These teens are at a higher risk of narcolepsy.
When you sleep too much, you don’t get the quality of sleep that your body needs to fully recover.
In fact, people with depression may sleep more to compensate for being depressed. And if you’re sleep-deprived, you may also have a harder time concentrating and making decisions. Growth hormone deficiency As the body matures, it starts to produce a hormone called growth hormone.
HGH is responsible for increasing muscle mass, tissue repair, cell growth, and regulating body temperature. If you don’t produce enough growth hormone, you may not get the physical strength, energy, or stamina you need to get through the day.
In fact, research has shown that children with growth hormone deficiency are more likely to sleep during the day and stay awake at night.
Eating late at night
With limited opportunities to eat healthy meals during the day, teenagers might turn to food to comfort themselves after a tough time at school, or after being bullied or emotionally distressed.
This is called “night-time eating.” It’s not dangerous, but it’s important to pay attention to your eating habits when it comes to your metabolism and growth.
Parents should pay special attention to the amount of food they let their kids eat late at night. It can lead to weight gain and affects the metabolism of your body.
It can also lead to an increased risk of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, and cholesterol.
Too much caffeine
A cup of coffee or tea before bed might help you drift off to sleep, but consuming excessive amounts of caffeine could actually interfere with your sleep cycle.
If you’re dealing with insomnia or sleep apnea, it might be wise to cut back on your caffeinated beverages. Reducing caffeine can help to naturally increase your body’s natural melatonin production.
Melatonin helps regulate your body’s internal clock, thereby helping you fall asleep when it’s time to do so.
Headaches A headache might be the last thing you want when you finally get to sleep, but there are several types of headaches that can wake you up.
In addition to headaches caused by lack of sleep, headaches caused by the muscles around your eyes, known as cosmetic migraines, can also be bad news.
Excess snacking after dinner
If you’re exhausted and hungry at the end of the day, grabbing a handful of Cheetos is not going to help you feel better.
There are simple, healthy ways to manage your hunger so you can sleep better. Fiber-rich foods such as fruit, veggies, beans, and whole grains are low in calories and high in fiber.
They also provide energy to your body and keep you full for longer. Other foods you can snack on that are also high in fiber are nuts, seeds, leafy greens, and beans.
Fiber-rich foods are naturally full of vitamins and minerals that are important for your body’s well-being.
Fiber improves digestive health and prevents constipation, diverticulitis, and certain types of cancer. It also lowers cholesterol, blood sugar, and triglyceride levels.
Excess snacking can also lead to weight gain.
It is worth checking with your doctor if you feel like you’ve been sleep-deprived.
Not only might this mean you’re getting sick more often than usual, but it could be something that can be treated with proper medical care.
As always, eating a balanced diet and limiting or eliminating alcohol and caffeine from your diet can help you sleep better at night.