why does a lot of teen ager has insomia

June 3, 2008 2:40pm CST
i always prefer to sleep earlier but when i lay my head on my pillow.... sometimes... my body want to rest (to sleep) but my mind is active need to find something to do at night
2 responses
3 Jun 08
I suffer from the same problem, I often struggle to go to sleep and will usually lie awake for at least three hours in bed before drifting off. Even then, I find that I wake up at least 5 times during the night. Some things that have been recommended to me are; cutting out caffeine in any form after 6pm, drinking plenty of water during the day and generally ensuring you eat a healthy diet, having a bath before bed. Some essential oils can be good to help calm you and aid a natural sleep, lavender in particular. Herbal sleeping tablets are useful, but you shouldn't take them long-term without consulting your doctor. It sounds like you need to unwind before going to bed. Try staying in a different room until you want to go to bed, and then go to your bedroom. This helps get you in the mind-set that it is a room to sleep in, nothing else.
• United States
3 Jun 08
I am a teenager and seem to have the opposite problem. No matter how early I go to bed, I always find myself sleeping until 1 or 2 in the afternoon. This sounds like a luxury to some but I am a heavy sleeper so alarms clocks do little to alleviate my problem. I am going to college and have to take all night classes because I am sure that if I took a morning class, I would never make it on time. A good way to cure insomnia is to develop some kind of routine before going to bed. It lets your mind know that you are preparing to go to bed and to relax. Try this for a couple weeks and let me know how it goes. Got any suggestions for me?