High rates of insomnia have been consistently reported in adolescence. The change from the highly efficient sleep of prepubertal children to less sound sleep in adolescence was mentioned earlier, including the biological influences in this change. The psychological and social demands and stresses of adolescence further conspire to disrupt sleep patterns. Worries, anxiety, and depression are commonly quoted reasons for not being able to sleep at this age. Nicotine, alcohol, and caffeine-containing drinks, as well as illicit drug use, are additional influences.

Difficulty getting off to sleep is often part of the delayed sleep-phase syndrome which is reported to be particularly common in adolescence. In this condition (which will be considered further in relation to excessive sleepiness as this is the major complaint) there is a physiological inability to go to sleep until much later than the required time because of a shift in the sleep phase. The adolescent's reluctance to go to bed earlier (or the bedtime struggles with parents in younger children with this disorder) are often misinterpreted as 'difficult' behaviour. Instead of recriminations and attempts to set limits, the timing of the sleep phase needs to be reset.

Getting to Know Anxiety

Getting to Know Anxiety

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