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I have a 16 year old daughter. She say's she can't sleep. And when she is a wake in the morning she is always grumpy. When she is back from school all she wants to do is sleep. She may take a little nap wakes up does her homework but at the same time still grumpy and still tired. There only 20 to 30 min naps. I can't figure why she is always tired? What can I do? And thank you in advance!

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AlmaRosa1975

Asked by AlmaRosa1975 at 8:41 AM on Feb. 27, 2013 in Teens (13-17)

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  • Take her to the dr. Anemia isn't uncommon in teenage girls but there could be another problem, that's just one thing to check.
    missanc

    Answer by missanc at 8:44 AM on Feb. 27, 2013

  • Depression maybe?
    maecntpntz219

    Answer by maecntpntz219 at 9:03 AM on Feb. 27, 2013

  • It's pretty common in teens. They need more sleep IMO than they usually are able to get. You need to take her to the Dr. There are several quick blood tests they can do that can rule out the most common health issues.... anemia, depression, thyroid, etc. Usually with teen girls, it's anemia because their periods are somewhat heavy.
    m-avi

    Answer by m-avi at 9:21 AM on Feb. 27, 2013

  • teen's sleep patterns can be crazy. They are able to stay up to 2am,but come 6 am and it's time for school,they're exhausted.
    I agree with having the doctor giving her a once over,and maybe a blood panel.
    Is she having heavy periods?
    butterflyblue19

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 9:21 AM on Feb. 27, 2013

  • Another thought, would you consider melatonin for her at night for a few weeks to help regulate her sleep? It's a natural product that might help with her inability to sleep. Does she have a consistent bedtime?
    missanc

    Answer by missanc at 9:26 AM on Feb. 27, 2013

  • If she checks out fine at the Dr., then maybe forcing herself to skip those afternoon naps will help her sleep better at night. As for the grumpiness, it's part sleep deprivation & part being a teenage girl! lol :p

    mrsmom110

    Answer by mrsmom110 at 9:28 AM on Feb. 27, 2013

  • Does she take in a lot of caffeine? If so, limit her caffeine intake to, for example, 2 servings of soft drinks or coffee and no energy drinks.

    If she is like my teenage niece and nephew who sleep with their cellphones in hand, you may have to insist all tech even TV be cut off and out of reach after a certain time at night. Encourage her to read at night if she wakes up and can't sleep.

    If all of that doesn't help, I'd take her for a check-up.
    HHx5

    Answer by HHx5 at 9:49 AM on Feb. 27, 2013

  • Talk to her doctor.
    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 9:49 AM on Feb. 27, 2013

  • Hmm taking her to the doctor and getting a sleep study done seems to be the most logical course of action.
    KristiS11384

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 9:54 AM on Feb. 27, 2013

  • Mono, pregnant, apnea - she needs to see a doctor no matter what.
    idareyou

    Answer by idareyou at 11:08 AM on Feb. 27, 2013

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