Sleep for teens
Have you ever worked out how much of your life has been spent sleeping? Ever noticed how some people seem to be able to fall asleep easily, and others can take ages?
Having a long healthy uninterrupted sleep is a basic human need, like eating and breathing. Having enough quality sleep is vital to your emotional and physical well being.
When you have trouble getting to sleep and it continues to bother you, it could be that you have a sleep disorder called insomnia, or it could just be that you have developed some bad sleep habits.
Not being able to get to sleep can be really distressing. If you haven't been able to rest properly, your body and mind can start doing strange things.
The Reachout site has a lot of information about sleep
The Better Health Channel (Victorian Government) also has a very large amount of information about sleep, sleep problems and what you can do if you are having problems with sleep.
Headspace - the National Youth Mental Health website
The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).
This topic may use 'he' and 'she' in turn - please change to suit your child's sex.