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Why Do Teens Sleep and Wake Up Late?

If you find that you have to shout your teenager out of sleep in the morning, don’t be so rude! There is a biological reason why your teen might want that extra hour in bed.

If your teenage son or daughter is late for the school bus again, don’t yell at them from the kitchen or complain all day long. Us teenagers’ bodies are built completely differently to that of adults so we have a biological reason as to why we sleep late and wake up late.

There is a certain ‘darkness hormone’ called melatonin that induces sleep in all human beings. As a person beings to grow older, this melatonin’s levels are reduced which is why you might find that old age people may wake up a lot earlier than you’d imagine. This melatonin is like a sleep inducing hormone that releases itself normally at night times. This helps us go to sleep. For any adult, this hormone releases itself at about 10 pm. Unfortunately, for your poor teen, it isn’t so.

Teenagers only release this hormone at about 1 pm at night. This means that even if they try to go to bed, they don’t feel like sleeping until quite late. This then has a knock on effect when they have to wake up in the morning. Think of it as an internal clock. Teenagers’ clocks are set to release melatonin much late but what happens is in the morning, when it’s time to get ready for school, the teenagers’ internal clocks still feel it is night time which is why they struggle to wake up.

A lot of people blame things like the availability of technology in the teenagers’ rooms as a sign of sleeping late and waking up late. Things like TV, gaming consoles, iPods, mobile phones, computers etc are causing your teenager to sleep late but these are just ways that your teen uses to stay awake because he or she can’t go to sleep. It is said that things like these cause the melatonin release to postpone itself but either way, a teen has just a different cardiac rhythm to that of a normal adult. Their sleep cycles are different and their need for sleep is more – up to 9 and a half hours.

So don’t bother blaming your teenager if you find they are sleeping in, they need it because they can’t help it! Preventing it will just lead to a moody teenager. Some schools in America have set the starting time of their classes later so the teens can have a lie in and this has been proved to help them study better and perform better.

Sleep is good, you know, so make sure you don’t lose any sleep over your teenager losing a lot of sleep.

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  1. Good info! Now I know why I loved waking up late when I was in my teens. :)

  2. I wondered about my son and daughter getting up late, thought it was hormone problem. Now I know the reason.

  3. In the past few years I have swam every morning at 5 am. The latest I have waked up in that time is about 8 on Sunday’s. This was an interesting article and it totally makes sense. Nice work as usual

  4. My 14 year old daughter will sleep until noon if I let her.

  5. There is a lot going on in the teenage brain, sleep helps with that. I suggests that school should begin no earlier than 10 am, better still 11am and finish at 2 pm with a break at 12 pm for 1 hour. I am actually looking for a job with those hours.

  6. Good information. Yes, it’s true that sometimes people can’t sleep at night and that totally disrupts the sleeping cycle and then you end up waking up later than expected. It is always good to set up a time to go to sleep and wake up. For those of us who go to school and work this is not hard to do.

  7. I have a 15 year old daughter and what you write is true
    I also saw a TV show on it, they showed that kids who were allowed to sleep in and went to a school that started later in the day, actually did better.

  8. Thanks for this interesting article. I learned something new today. I wish I had, had this article when my daughter was a teen. She was the hard one to wake up, our son on the other hands was usually up before we were.

  9. haha, I would have never guessed. Great article Atikin, might show this to mum and dad soon after =)

    Thanks for sharing.

    Max

  10. I used to love my lay-ins as a teen…..and I still do now!!

  11. Great info! Thanks for the share =]

  12. Another great article Atikin! Growing up, I use to sleep for hours and hours (my mom use to say I was pregnant because I slept so much lol) Great write!

  13. I’m a night owl, I am up late and sleep late. I know how hard it is to get kids up in the morning. It’s like pulling teeth. I feel most teenagers do not get enough sleep. they stay up late and just don’t have enough hours in bed..

  14. I have heard of this before. I often used to wonder why the sleeping patterns of my two sons were so different. Now I know. Thank you for the information.

    Christine

  15. i dint know its hormonal thanks for share

  16. hummm I can\’t sleep till wee hours of the morning, then I\’m still awake usually by 8:30 – 9:00. sometimes it seems a couple hour or so are all I need, But then I like an afternoon nap now a days as well, Maybe I still have some teen hormons lol :D

  17. Thank-you ever so much for writing this article. I wish my articles got the same responses as yours, but as usual you have written an amazing article!

    I knew I couldn’t sleep, but my parents didn’t believe me. I am going to show my parents this article now!

  18. Thanks for the post because my mom gets up at like 8 and 9 a.m. and continues to yell at me until I get up in the a.m. I can’t stand that. I like to stay in bed and sleep til noon or 3 p.m. The body just feels tired. Cant force myself outta bed. LOL

  19. Omg I have a 16 yr old son that I have the hardest time getting up every morning and its driving me crazy. He misses his school bus alot, almost everyday..then I have to drive him to school. He has to be up between 5:30-6:00 am. I noticed he will stay up sort of late.. knowing he has a hard time getting up in the morning. It’s to the point that he tells me he hates school and he wish school would start later in the day and not so early. During the evening into the night he will text with friends while watching tv. When I finally get him to bed he will lay there and act like he is going to bed but I’am not sure if he is. I think he is having a hard time going to bed. One would think he would be exhausted and want to go to bed early. I also have a 15 yr old son that is the opposite, he goes to bed early and I dont have problems with him getting up, but lately even though he goes to bed early he still wakes up tired and is struggling to get up. Anyway I’m glad I now have at least some understanding for my 16yr old.

  20. As would I lol

  21. Sleep in till noon (sos pc failed, or user, not sure which)

    Just to add to the bit about blaming tech. My pc is in my room, and YES im on it till like 1 am sometimes, but tbh, i come off when I feel tired, like for example, 1 in the morning lol. Thing is, I dont get tired, and I would rather spend my awake time staring at a 17 inch square that fires trillions of electrons at me (an old CRT monitor for the less technically minded, and for the REALLY non techies, the big fat type of tv and computer screen)

    And, as usual Atikin, **BRILLIANT**

  22. THis is very true, i cant deny it.
    It happens to me now as a teenager

  23. I know this is always happening 2 me
    i showed this 2 mii mother you should have seen the look on her face :D

  24. This was a very interesting article. I used to have trouble waking up on time when I was a teenager and now I know why. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

  25. What a wonderful and entertaining article. I take melatonin each night to experience a more restful sleep. It helps.

  26. That. Explains. So. Many. Things.

    THANK. YOU.

  27. I guess I have adapted to my sort of dictated body clock. But anyways I still struggle to get out of bed, and now I know why so thank you.

  28. I am 14, and I find this information to be very helpful and it explains alot to me about why I seem to want to go to sleep later and wake up later…however, I showed this to my mother. She did not take it very well. Her exact words were, “I don’t believe that. It’s a load of crap” lol Hopefully, in the future, when my mother yells at me in the morning for waking up late or going to be late on a school night, I can remind her of this article. Thank You for my next great comeback. :)

  29. Huh. I’m 14, and regularly go to sleep at 8:30 – 9:30, and then wake up at about 6:30.

  30. I would LOVE to go to one of those schools that start lessons later! But no,i\’m up at 6 every day :( :( I\’m 14 and I can\’t fall asleep till 12-1 am. But,hmm, I don\’t think my mum will be convinced either! ;) Thanks anyway!

  31. This is dose for lazy fellow.

  32. Thank you alot. My Dad makes me go to bed at about 10:00, and i really don’t fall asleep till about 11:30. mabye this will convice him :) Great article

  33. I’m 13 I can’t get to sleep till 1 AM now I know why.

  34. ive always wondered why i couldnt get to sleep til late now i know why ! cause i always play with my games and my mommy gets mad at me !

  35. omg !i understand everything now !:D

  36. oh i totally understand now !my mommy would say “go to bed emma !”

  37. So in the article it says teens release the hormone at 1pm at night…? 1pm isn’t at night… 1AM is during the night…

    does this writer mean that teens release the hormone at 1pm in the afternoon or 1am during the night?

  38. So glad I found this out!!!! I always stay up way late into the night – until 1 AM – and always have trouble getting up in the morning around 8 AM. Then Mom and Dad get mad at me for taking a nap in the afternoon….Now I know why I’ve been doing this. Thanks.

  39. no it aint shut up

  40. Yeah I’m 14 and I haven’t been able to go to bed before 12 AM for awhile now. Kinda sucks especially with school. I was actually thinking of petitioning to my school about starting later. I’ll probably do some more research if I was going to though.

  41. huh i am 12 and i cant go to bed before 2 or 3 am and my grandparents are up by that time

  42. Lmao this is good, but some of it sounds like its just made up excuses LOL even though it’s pretty much true.
    I’m 14 and it’s 2:18 am right now ._.
    I find it super hard to fall asleep, ( when I’m actually trying to go to sleep, and not on the laptop)
    On school nights I go to bed around 9-10pm. I don’t even fall asleep till around 1am +
    It’s also soo hard to get up for school in the mornings but I force myself and I walk into the wall almost everyday when I get up.
    Lol. Tomorrow is Saturday, I’ll probably sleep in till like past lunchtime or something (:
    Hehee
    Thaaanks

  43. im 14 and i dont get to sleep until about 5am and on weekends i get up around 3pm, i have a REALLY hard time getting up for school at 7:30am, thanks for making this article, now i understand why im like thiss.

  44. Don’t you mean 1 AM?

  45. I’m 14 too! I have the same problem, I like going to bed around 12 or 1 am, and then I like waking up at noon. Unfortunately, my mom likes going to bed at around 10 and waking up at five. And then she calls ME weird for waking up late. She’s seriously taking me to the doctor bcuz she thinks something’s wrong with me. HA :)

  46. It might be possible that the one that goes to bed early and is hard to wake up has depression.

  47. well, your information is so usefull. I really understand it and get it. finally I know now what I should do. I would either follow my mom suggestion or my suggestion and ur suggestion in her.
    Thanks for the greatest info. in here. I’m asian boy from Mn.
    17 and would be 18 this coming July of the DRAGON 2012.

  48. My mom certainly needs to read this. LOL.

  49. You better fight through that urge to keep sleeping! So weak. People are coddled way too much. Life is too easy here.

  50. i’m 18 and finally going to college, and i lucked out because all of my classes are 12:45 or later

    i haven’t woken up before noon in a long time, and i feel better than ever

    back in high school i had to get up anywhere from 4:30 to 6:30 because i switched schools 3-4 times, and i always felt shitty in the mornings.

    hopefully whenever i get a job as an adult i will be able to wake up before noon without trouble…

  51. I’m 12 going on 13 really soon. I have a phone and such but I never seem tired so I just play on my phone till I do get tired. I have to wake up at 6:40 in the morning for school and I’m always missing the bus cause I’m so tired. On weekends if no one wakes me up I’m up around 3:00 would be around the latest mostly I wake up at 2:30 or so but my parents blamed it on technology but I knew there had to be something. I’m always asleep around 2:00 then same up early like even right now I have school tomorrow and it’s 1:05 but I’m not the slightest bit tired.

  52. I’m 12 going on 13 really soon. I have a phone and such but I never seem tired so I just play on my phone till I do get tired. I have to wake up at 6:40 in the morning for school and I’m always missing the bus cause I’m so tired. On weekends if no one wakes me up I’m up around 3:00 would be around the latest mostly I wake up at 2:30 or so but my parents blamed it on technology but I knew there had to be something. I’m always asleep around 2:00 then same up early like even right now I have school tomorrow and it’s 1:05 but I’m not the slightest bit tired.

  53. I\’m 12 going on 13 really soon. I have a phone and such but I never seem tired so I just play on my phone till I do get tired. I have to wake up at 6:40 in the morning for school and I\’m always missing the bus cause I\’m so tired. On weekends if no one wakes me up I\’m up around 3:00 would be around the latest mostly I wake up at 2:30 or so but my parents blamed it on technology but I knew there had to be something. I\’m always asleep around 2:00 then same up early like even right now I have school tomorrow and it\’s 1:05 but I\’m not the slightest bit tired.

  54. lol awesome info, ima show this to my mom so she’ll stop yelling at me from the kithen telling me to WAKE UP!! lol im only 14 and i can’t believe i read this but…XD oh well, NOW I KNOW….

  55. lol awesome info, ima show this to my mom so she’ll stop yelling at me from the kithen telling me to WAKE UP or GET UR LAZY ASS OUT UP FROM BED! (no she doesn’t say that) lol im only 14 and i can’t believe i read this but…XD oh well, NOW I KNOW….
    i ALWAYS sleep in, well on weekends, on school days i have to wake up at 6, but im always so tried :( but well i have to :/ and i <3 sleeping in on weekends, like till 10:00am or 11:00am, i am sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo gonna show this to my mom !! lol

  56. lol me too!!

  57. school is very very boring

  58. school is very very boring

  59. Omg thank you for this artical I always sleep in late my mom thinks that not all teens do. I’m going to prove her wrong! I’m going to show her this artical. Thanks so much for putting this on here!!!!

  60. Omg thanks for making this artical I thought I was the only teen that did this but I was wrong and it’s because of my hormones Im really tired right now I didn’t go to bed that late I just woke up around 12 and stayed up til about 4 am I’m really glad I’m not alone in this thank you so much for this artical it really is true Im seventeen I should know lol.

  61. I have a 33 years old wife so go to late evey day but i don;t rearry care i’m just grad that she love me lol/

  62. I have a 33 years old wife so go to late evey day but i don;t rearry care i’m just grad that she love me lol/

  63. I have a 33 years old wife so go to late evey day but i don;t rearry care i\’m just grad that she love me lol/

  64. I have a 33 years old wife so go to late evey day but i don;t rearry care i\\\’m just grad that she love me lol/

  65. If I ever have children I am NEVER GOING TO LET THEM SLEEP AT NOON TIME.
    I am 17 myself and I always wake up around 6 am-9am depends if school or not. Just natural. It is also because it’s a big WASTE OF TIME if I sleep in so late. Wasting PRECIOUS time when I can be doing things.
    My biggest pet peeve: PEOPLE SLEEPING IN LATE.

  66. If I ever have children I am NEVER GOING TO LET THEM SLEEP AT NOON TIME.
    I am 17 myself and I always wake up around 6 am-9am depends if school or not. Just natural. It is also because it\’s a big WASTE OF TIME if I sleep in so late. Wasting PRECIOUS time when I can be doing things.
    My biggest pet peeve: PEOPLE SLEEPING IN LATE.

  67. You must be really lame… Just being honest… No one wants to spend the night at their friends house if they go to sleep early and wake up the time most teens at sleep overs want to go to sleep. It’s 3:21 AM in California and I’m not even tired. But that’s probably because I sleep all day until 3:00 PM…

  68. I think ive slept till 4 one time… and im a teen… yesterday it was 1 pm thats usually a normal for me..

  69. Yes! Excactly! I would test so much better at 11 i think

  70. I’m a teen and I’ve was yelled at this morning because I’m preparing to wake up early for school -__- So, I’ve been trying to find ways to sleep earlier and wake up earlier, because I just can’t seem to do it! Do you have an article on HOW to help us defeat melatonin? I woke up at 7:35, rather than 7:30, to their yelling. O.O Problem is, if I show them this article, they’ll think I’m making excuses, and my parents always say when they were MY age, they woke up at 4 am, and had to do all these things, so they won’t believe this -__- Thanks for helping ME understand myself though. At least now I know why my eyes wont shut in the night :( Thank you! :) It was a great article :)

  71. @canadiangirl13 i know how you feel. Wake up five mins late and u get treated to the hey when i was ur age i was up at 4 milking cows or whatever.

  72. American kunts , fokin faggots

  73. @jimmy Okay, practice grammar before insulting people of a country. I think the real faggot (you probably don’t even know what that means, considering that you misspelled 50 percent of your stupid comment) here is you, Mr. I-can’t-spell-for-horse-crap.

  74. I’m 12, and now I know I’m not weird. I have to wake up at five to go to school, but I normally kind of lie in my bed until 7 thinking, “I should be getting ready now…” Lol I’m glad It’s vacation now I can sleep until 12!!! I’m going to try and sleep now… it’s 1:07 Am and I can’t sleeeep -___- Darn hormones, making life hard…

  75. Mehhh… winter break is over >.:/ i go to school almost every morning with my mom yelling. evn if they wont listen to his article :P i believe it! Thanks!! :)

  76. and i fell asleep at about 2 am and everyone else said the same thing :o except i had to wake up at 6 >:/

  77. Actually, in my case, I’ve always needed more sleep hours but as a kid and teen I went to bed earlier than others my age and didn’t have a problem getting up at 8 for school. As I kid I slept 13 hours and as a teen it went to about 11 hours (but I remember I did have a big problem when we travelled in Europe and stayed in hostels where we had to get up even earlier! my parents were mad that I couldn’t get up at 7 and that we were always the last people out of the hostel, but now I see where that came from). But I must have started being a real teen late since starting in my middle 20’s I began to sleep late and wake up very late, needing 10 hours sleep a night, and I’ve been that way ever since. Getting up earlier no matter how much sleep I’ve had makes me feel like I’m getting up in the middle of the night. So maybe my teen cycles started late!

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