My 14 Year Old Daughter Has Been Sleeping An Average Of 14-16 Hours A Day

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Asked by Robyn D

My 14 Year Old Daughter Has Been Sleeping An Average Of 14-16 Hours A Day

My 14 year old daughter has been having a hard time staying awake during the day since the beginning of December. On the days she attended school she would come home and nap until about 8-9pm.

Now that she is on winter break, I start to wake her around 10 AM and if I am not around she will sleep until 5 to 6PM. If she does get up at 10AM, she will falll back to asleep around noon and sleep all afternoon. If I try to wake her, she becomes argumentative and wants to be left alone to sleep.

Her 13 year old cousin died last January from MRSA and I am concerned her sleeping may be from depression or from SAD. Should I be more concerned or is this normal for a 14 year old during this time of the year.

Thank you for your help.

Answer

Hello Robyn

Teenagers do need a lot of sleep but this does seem a little excessive. You might want to read this article about teens and sleep where author Cindy Bond states that:

"The National Sleep Foundation reports that most adolescents -- between the ages of 10 and 18 -- need between 8.5 and 9.25 hours of sleep each night."

I would look into physical and biological reasons first. Perhaps her sleep is not restful when she does sleep? There could be many possible physical reasons for her sleeping so much. Definitely take her to a doctor so that they can figure out what is going on.

If you think depression may have a part to play here...I would talk to her directly and ask if she is wanting to talk. It might be good for her to talk about her grief and good for you as well.

I do hope you find out what is the underlying cause. Do come back to us and tell us how she is doing. I thank you for your question.

Answered by Merely Me