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My Teenage Son Takes Hours To Fall Asleep!!

plz help son is 14 years old.......and sine infancy, he takes hours to fall asleep......even the days when he says he is feeling sleepy, when he is exhausted physically, then too he takes 2-3 hours to fall asleep......this is affecting his health he does not look fresh and his concentration level is low each is driving me to tears.... kindly help me help him fall asleep......each day it is the same story......he also has a history of obsessive thinking......his mind never seems to relax.....whether it is day or night......i have no idea what is wrong.

Kevin: I'm sorry to hear of your son's trouble. It sounds like since his daytime function is being affected so dramatically that he would do well to see a sleep specialist, or a pediatrician who has a background in sleep. If you can at all get him to one I think that would be a great step. If you live in the United States you can search for the sleep centers nearest you using the American Academy of Sleep Medicine's (AASM) tool.

It may also be a beneficial and fun thing for him to have a look through our site. You can send him to the Sleep Essentials mini-guide, or to the Outreach Projects--fun and educational videos, brochures, articles, magazines, and more, all made by students!

Sincerely my best,

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Jan 07, 2013
I have the same problems NEW
by: Mel

Wow, that sounds a lot like me O.o i'm 15 and i've had trouble sleeping forever....a quick fix could be to take some melatonin. It's non-addictive and u can find it anywhere :) take it 30 mins before bed, and you'll feel pretty tired.
Also, i write in a journal if i have a lot on my mind, and by the time i'm done my mind feels tired. If u don't want to write in a notebook, a smartphone or computer with a dim screen is the next best thing, just don't get off track! :) hope this helps

Aug 20, 2014
Same NEW
by: Kar

I have those same things happen to me as well. I am 16 and for the past 5 years it's taken me 2-3 hours to finally get to sleep. When I finally do I have terrible nightmares, which often wake me up. I sleep walk and sleep talk, I also have night terrors. Then almost every night for the past year I believe it is called "hypnopompic hullucinations" where I am half awake Half asleep and I see people and things in my room. I realized tht I've done this since childhood and they used to be scary people that were after me but now it is mostley just my volleyball team or FFA stuff. The only thing is I have this overwhelming sence of not wanting to disappoint anybody so I stay up for hours trying please them, and I the end I have barley gotten any sleep. I suggest that anybody that has this talk to some one soon because it has really effected my everyday life.

Apr 11, 2015
can't ever sleep NEW
by: matty

Hi can someone help me i cannot ever get to sleep even when im tied im up to about 4 in the morning then i get to sleep but from 9 to 3.30 or 4 i cant sleep its really pisses me off im 15 when i got stuff to do next day i set my alarm i don't ever hear it when I'm asleep I can't here any think I be some good if someone rob my house so can anyone help me please .

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