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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Is it normal for a 15 year old to suffer from insomnia due to anxiety?

    My son suffers from anxiety and can not sleep at night properly?… if he hears a noise it will keep him up all night. is this normal for a 15 year old?
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    Dr David Cunnington

    Respiratory & Sleep Medicine Physician

    Specialist sleep physician delivering a high standard of clinical care to clients with complex sleep problems and promoting sleep health through research, education and advocacy. … View Profile

    Being awake a lot at night is not normal at the age of 15. Usually it is a time in life when sleep is quite deep and there are few awakenings during sleep. 

    However, in people with anxiety, the effect on sleep can be to make people feel like they are closer to the surface and wake easily. 

    This type of problem with sleep generally responds well to cognitive behavioural therapy, a psychological treatment, directed towards both insomnia and anxiety. 

  • Dr Joanne Dennison

    Counselling Psychologist, Counsellor, Psychologist, Psychotherapist

    Anxiety is a normal and healthy reaction to stress, and is experienced by all ages. However, some individuals experience anxiety at problematic levels, whereby it impacts significantly on their ability to engage in everyday tasks on an ongoing basis.
    When someone is experiencing high levels of stress/anxiety it can interfere with their sleep (which can present as insomnia).
    Whilst some people (across ages) experience this, it can be detrimental; good sleep is necessary for healthy physical and psychological functioning. A psychologist can assist individuals of all ages to reduce the level of anxiety they experience, and thus reduce the problematic knock-on effects it can have.

  • Dr Amer Gilani

    GP (General Practitioner)

    I am working as a GP for more than 15 years. I have worked in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Australia. I can speak English, Urdu, … View Profile

    It is very much normal for any age to develop insomnia due to Anxiety dut there are other causes fo Insomnia that should be ruled out. Some times even ENT problems may lead to obstructed breathing leading to Insomnia

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