I think all the responses are good, and I would highly recommend you take your son either to see a counsellor or psychologist who could help to give you some answers as to why your son is waking up. Or even I would consider in seeking help from a ‘Sleep Doctor’, first to make sure there is no underlying medical problems, especially if this has been a problem for your son over a longer period of time.
I will give you here a few examples as to why your son is maybe unable to sleep, however this is a guide only as he needs to properly assessed by a mental health professional or another allied health professional eg sleep doctor, your GP or paediatrician
- School Bullying, can lead to anxiety
- Worrying all the time about things in general
- Watching horror or thriller movies and feeling scared in dark, this can make him use his imagination and cause him to feel anxiety
- Feeling panicky and scared, especially in his room
- If he drinks coke or energy drinks they could keep him awake as these drinks have caffeine
- Domestic Violence at home, if there are any family upsets in the home this can make teenagers feel insecure
- Family Separation or Parental Divorce
- If he feels unsafe
- If he struggles in making friends can cause anxiety
- If you have moved house, teenagers can feel overwhelmed.
- Somtimes kids who have been diagnosed with ADHD, can have sleeping problems and are up most of the night.
However these were only a few examples, but I would urge you to get help for your son asap.
In the meantime your son can contact the ‘Kidshelpline’, where they can give him some free telephone counselling. All the counsellors are fully qualified and services are available 24 hours per day 7 days per week. Their telephone number = 1800551800
The link to the site is: www.kidshelpline.com.au
I hope your son will be feeling better soon :)
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