What Keeps You Up All Night? Tossing and Turning: Why Sleepless Nights are Common for Kids and Teens by Archna Puri

What Keeps You Up All Night? Tossing and Turning: Why Sleepless Nights are Common for Kids and Teens by Archna Puri

Ever stare at the ceiling, counting cracks in the plaster long after everyone else has drifted off? You're not alone. But, why is it happening?

Teenagers and children are notorious for sleepless nights, but why? Is it the monster under the bed (we all know they grow out of that phase, right?) Or is there something deeper going on?

The Emotional Rollercoaster

Imagine a world where your feelings are on a permanent fast-track. That's what it's like for many kids and teens. Worries about school, friendships, and fitting in can feel all-consuming. Then there are the dreaded hormones! These chemical messengers can make even the calmest person feel like they're on a constant emotional rollercoaster. Ever feel like you're on the verge of tears one minute, then bursting with laughter the next? Yeah, that's them. With all this emotional turmoil swirling around, how can anyone be expected to just switch off and sleep soundly?

The Social Media Maze

Add social media to the mix, and things get even more complicated. Our feeds are flooded with images of seemingly perfect lives: friends on amazing vacations, celebrities looking flawless, and everyone else having a blast (or so it seems). It's easy to get sucked into the comparison trap, lying awake wondering why our lives don't measure up. On top of that, the pressure to maintain an online presence can lead to late-night texting and scrolling, throwing sleep schedules into complete disarray.

Feeling Understood

Let's not forget the importance of feeling supported. If you feel like no one understands what you're going through, those anxieties can become even bigger, making it even harder to relax. Open communication with family and friends is key. Talking things through can help you feel less alone and develop healthy coping mechanisms for dealing with all this emotional upheaval.

So, the next time you find yourself counting sheep well past bedtime, remember, it's not just you. There's a whole lot going on in the world of teenagers, and sometimes, sleep just becomes the casualty.

Mini Saxena

Article Authored By

Archna Puri

Archna is a freelance Social Media Marketing specialist, holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Life Science and certified in organic farming. 

She has a deep passion for both agriculture and mental health advocacy. 

Disclaimer: This article has been written by a guest author as part of a mental wellbeing awareness campaign. You are advised to properly verify any advice given with qualified practitioners before following it. Also, for that reason it may not meet our usual standards. PsychoTech Services, Psychology Learners or any of its partner organisations, members or employees cannot be held liable for any damage or loss caused due to following the advice and recommendations given herein.

Join the discussion!
MJ Singh image
MJ Singh said…
Social media takes such a huge toll on a person's life! Even adults don't realise how bad it can be.
March 30, 2024 at 9:21 AM
Surojit image
Surojit said…
As a father of a child who stays up for most of the night, I can so closely feel the elements this article touches. Needs elaborate communications with every teen who is affected by it.
March 30, 2024 at 4:55 PM
Aradhana image
Aradhana said…
Highly concerned topic and you have executed it very well
April 3, 2024 at 7:05 PM
Ajay bharti image
Ajay bharti said…
Sleeplessness is common among children and teenagers, especially due to the impact of social media, as highlighted in this post. Recognizing and addressing its effects is crucial. Kudos to Archana for raising awareness on this important issue.
April 4, 2024 at 9:42 AM
Comment using Facebook
What others like...

Are you a Mental Health Leader?

If you are a psychologist, psychiatrist, counselor, therapist, educator or a mental health institution administrator we can help you improve your client satisfaction and generate higher revenues.

Contact Us

The Real Happiness Center

With a focus on positive psychology and passion for spreading happiness in the world, The Real Happiness Center is helping people find out what happiness means to them, and how they can achieve it.