A 37-year-old female asked:
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is it normal for my 14 year old son to stay up all night, and sleep all day ?

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Dr. Reid Blackwelder
36 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: It is very common for teenagers to reverse their sleep cycles as you describe. It can be frustrating but normal. In fact, some studies have suggested this shift is common enough that recommendations to start high school later in the morning and finish later have been made. Good luck as this almost always causes conflict!
Answered on Aug 8, 2012
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Dr. Vikas Jain
12 years experience Sleep Medicine
Yes and No: So this is normal only in the fact that some individuals have a physiologic tendency to delay their circadian rhythm in adolescence. This sleep disorder is referred to as Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome. It is treatable! I would recommend you consider consulting with a Sleep Specialist in your area who can help get him back on track!
Answered on Aug 3, 2014
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
If you let him it is: The body can set its internal sleep wake cycle any way you let it. That's how shift workers survive what we would consider odd sleeping patterns. If you cave in and let him stay up all night,which is easy at that age, he will set his clock to sleep during the day. You can either reverse it or let it happen.It is not abuse to make him fit the schools schedule.
Answered on Jun 10, 2018

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