Teenagers bring a lot of their problems with them to the bedroom. A stressful school day, homework, activities, jobs, and social schedules cram a short 24 hours. Physiological and emotional reasons create these sleep-related difficulties.
The traditional factors leading to insomnia can disturb any sleep pattern. Anxiety, depression, grief, tragedy. Peer pressure, worry, alcohol, caffeine. A number of issues interrupt a normal day. One that can go unnoticed is for individuals who are lonely. All of the traditional factors can enhance the reasons for insomnia grounded in a lonely life.
Are the phrases “There’s a monster under my bed! I’m too scared to sleep!” or “Don’t leave. Just one more story, please!” part of your nighttime battle to get your child to sleep? You might be thinking your child is just being difficult but the reality is that your child might be having sleep related anxiety.
You child might be afraid of the dark, of a monster under the bed, or bad guys coming into the room, just to name a few fears. The fear of something scary happening while a child sleeps can cause them to feel anxious about wanting to fall asleep.