September 6, 2017

Ask the Doctor – Does My Teenager Sleep Too Much?

Anna Lopez-Stratton, MD, of Mission Community Primary Care Haywood, a Service of Transylvania Regional Hospital, answers a common question about the impact of excessive sleep on teenagers.

Q: My teenager sleeps a lot. Should I be worried?

A: Teenagers should get 9 to 10 hours of sleep per night but, unfortunately, most do not. Demands of homework, work, family and friends often result in late nights. Sleep deprivation can result in difficulty with concentration and learning, irritability and daytime sleepiness.

Encourage your teenager to prepare for a good night’s sleep by having them avoid caffeine, unplug from electronic devices an hour before bed, engage in a calming activity before bed (such as reading or a warm bath) and minimize daytime napping. Participating in regular exercise and physical activity improves sleep quality and overall energy level.


Dr. Lopez-Stratton sees patients at Mission Community Primary Care Haywood, a Service of Transylvania Regional Hospital. To schedule an appointment, call (828) 456-9006.

To find a Mission primary care provider near you, call (828) 213-3222 or request an appointment at mission-health.org/needadoc.

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