Sleep restores teens physically, as well as helping them to develop both mentally and emotionally. Teens need enough healthy sleep to play sport, learn and concentrate during the day.
Sleep helps teenagers to grow. Teenager's bodies produce growth hormone when they’re sleeping, and any disruption to healthy sleep can impair their physical growth.
Disruption to normal sleep cycles can negatively impact their emotional and mental development, which can translate to behavioural issues and poorer performance at school.
If you notice your teenager snoring excessively, displaying pauses in breathing followed by gasps, or even just making odd breathing sounds, they may have sleep apnea.
Teenagers with sleep apnea suffer from disrupted breathing that continuously wakes them during the night, often without them realising. It is these disruptions that lead to poor quality sleep.
The first clue something may be wrong is if you notice your teen displaying the hallmark signs of sleep deprivation, such as daytime sleepiness, difficulty concentrating, and hyperactivity.