Ugh. My son is 14 now and has been going through a huge and long growing spurt which I know can make him feel more tired...but I think its also just being a teenager. He is just awful so many mornings with waking up for school. Yet as the evening goes on he gets more and more awake! So by bedtime he is not the least little bit sleepy... then morning comes...and its grumbling and groaning and "I'm tired"...hiding under the covers...
Anyway I have been doing a little research on the net and it appears this is normal..which I don't want to hear! Well not that I want to hear this is abnormal..lol...but I mean, I don't really want to go through this for four, five or more years.
Here is part of what one article says on research done on this..sleep problems in teenagers:
It's interesting. When we talk about how sleep is controlled by the brain, we really are talking about two systems. One is the system that fills the tank at night, and the other is the biological clock system. It sets up a sort of cycle of when it's easy to fall asleep and when it's hard to fall asleep. Those times when it's hard to fall asleep we call "forbidden zones" for sleep.
We see in many adolescents that this forbidden zone is in the evening hours. So they actually feel great at night and, for many of them, that makes it harder for them to even consider trying to go to bed earlier. So they'll say goodnight to Mom and Dad and they'll go into their rooms and read or play video games or talk on the phone. And they're perfectly content and happy doing that, because they're also at a phase where it's easy for them to become aroused and stimulated by these activities. So it really does turn into a Catch--22. When people just say, "Well, all they have to do is go to bed earlier," well, they really can't go to sleep earlier necessarily.
So anyway having him to go bed sooner isn't going to work it appears.. ..I guess this is normal for a teenager..but I am wondering if anyone on here has found something that works..helps their teenager be sleepy when they need to be so they can get to sleep at a decent time. Its frustrating to pick him up after school and he is complaining he is tried but as the evening goes on, he becomes more and more awake! then comes morning and he doesn't want to get up cause he is so tired.
This morning I complained again how frustrating this was trying to get him to wake up and he said, well its not exactly fun for me either..its not like I can help it.