Is it normal for a teenager to sleep around 12 hours per day?

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  1. LailaK profile image72
    LailaKposted 11 years ago

    Is it normal for a teenager to sleep around 12 hours per day?

  2. krillco profile image86
    krillcoposted 11 years ago

    Yes, though 12 is a bit long. Babies sleep a great deal, and when kids reach age five or six, they start to need less sleep...until they reach about age 12 or 13, when they go back to needing 10 or more hours a night. Unfortunately, these days kids stay up all hours on social media sites and gaming, missing out on much needed sleep.

  3. Moms-Secret profile image78
    Moms-Secretposted 11 years ago

    I am in my 30's and can still pull 12 hrs of sleep if it were not for the call of mom duties...  big_smile
    I think there is more harm in lack of sleep then there is in over sleep.

    1. TheShadowSpecter profile image85
      TheShadowSpecterposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Good point, Lissette.

  4. Moon Daisy profile image82
    Moon Daisyposted 11 years ago

    Yes, I think it is pretty much normal.  Sometimes I would like those days back again...

  5. fitmom profile image75
    fitmomposted 11 years ago

    Yes, they need lots of sleep! There is research that says so. Every teen would love to know that.

  6. LongTimeMother profile image92
    LongTimeMotherposted 10 years ago

    Hi LailaK. Sorry it took so long for me to spot this question. I have been asked this same kind of question many times by teenagers or the parents of teenagers. It always seems so strange that teenagers who we think should have lots of energy always seem to be sleeping  ... in bed until lunchtime ... on the couch until midnight ... in the car while we are driving them somewhere ... on the beach until they are sunburnt. Parents often think their kids are just being lazy but that's not true. Teenagers need more sleep than they did when they were 9 or 10. There's medical research these days to prove it.

    Let me assure you though that teenagers have been sleeping for around 12 hours a day for as long as I can remember. I was a teenager in the 1970s and my mother always said "Good afternoon," when I would get up late on the weekends. It wasn't the afternoon and it used to annoy me. When I had my own teenagers and their grandmother was visiting she would say "Good afternoon" when they stumbled from their bedrooms, as though she disapproved that they had slept in. I don't mind my kids sleeping. I think it is good for them.

    One of my now adult daughters used to fall asleep on the couch while watching television. I knew there was no way her dad would let her keep sleeping there after he woke early in the morning so I would lead her downstairs to her bedroom at about midnight and cover her in bed so she could sleep as long as possible before having to get up and get ready for school.

    That same daughter now lives in her own home and leads her own life and never has any trouble staying up late and getting to work early the next morning. She's in her 20s now and past the sleeping beauty teenage years.

  7. Thecrazygamer profile image59
    Thecrazygamerposted 7 years ago

    Yes, because it's a bit long which is good for kids like me.

    1. TheShadowSpecter profile image85
      TheShadowSpecterposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Mazen?  When you get to be a teenager, you'll value your sleep even more so.  High school kids have to be out the door to get to class in the morning earlier than middle school or elementary school kids do during the school year.

  8. TheShadowSpecter profile image85
    TheShadowSpecterposted 6 years ago

    Is it normal for a teenager to sleep around 12 hours per day?  During their first month of summer vacation, I guess it would be normal inasmuch as they are so happy to be free of having to get up early in the morning for the next three months.  If a teenager is on the year-around color code calendar system, which requires them to go to school 45 weekdays and gives them vacation for 15 weekdays per each quarter, then it is inevitable for them to sleep longer hours in the winter months.  When I was in the ninth grade, I got one of my 15-day vacations in January; and being able to sleep in late on a cold winter morning as opposed to waiting for the school bus in the cold, blustery wind was definitely a treat for me.  The sun rose later in the morning in January, so sleeping in late and sleeping up to 12 hours gave me energy to face the day and be able to enjoy my vacation.

  9. Sapan Gupta profile image61
    Sapan Guptaposted 6 years ago

    Yes, they require loads of rest! There is investigate that says as much. Each high schooler would love to realize that


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