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post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

If your kid goes to highschool, what time do they go to sleep at night and what time do they wake up in the morning?

 

Does this alter on weekends?  When do they fall asleep on weekends and get up on weekends?


Edited by kathymuggle - 2/18/13 at 8:40pm
post #2 of 11
They are so variable!
Dd - (19) has always slept a ton. She has always gone to bed between 8 and 9pm and can get up at 7 but if she has no reason will get up naturally at 9 or 10pm. She has minimal outside activities. Pretty much has the same schedule on weekends.

Ds1 - (16) has never been a good sleeper. He goes to bed between 10-12a every night. On weekdays he gets up an hour before he has to be at school so anywhere between 7and 8:30am. He will sleep until 11am or noon if left to his own devices on weekends. If he doesn't have ice hockey practice he is out with friends at least some part of every day.

Ds2 - (14) goes to bed around 10p every night, including weekends. He get's up without an alarm at 7am on school days and 8am on weekends. He rides his bike a lot. He was the kiddo who at 2 would ask to be put to bed. Really aware of when he is tired hungry, etc.
post #3 of 11

DD 16 has always needed more than average amounts of sleep.  She was lucky to get 7 hours a night in 9th and 10th.... really bad, bad time for her but she had to be up at 5am and even if she could get her work done at a reasonable hour, she struggled to get to sleep before 11 no matter her exhaustion level. She moved schools for 11th, now she gets about 8 hours (M and W,) and 10 to 11 hours on all the other days. 11 hours is really her natural waking point.

post #4 of 11

My son (now 21), was usually up until midnight/1am, getting up around 6:15 for a 7am bus when he was in HS. Weekends would depend on what was going on, but usually up by 10ish. (and staying up later, too.)

 

My daughter (nearly 19!) had longer days. Bus as 5:45, so up around 5:15. School, practice or games, homework, some down time... usually up until midnight. Weekends, she usually had something going, so was up by 8.
 

post #5 of 11

DS, 19 y.o., has always been a heavy sleeper. In the later HS years, he would go to bed about 11 p.m and be up at about 7:30 to fly out the door by 8 a.m to catch public transportation for the 8:50 bell. On weekends, he slept in, often until noon. For one term, he had no morning classes and he would often sleep until mid-morning. 

 

He's pretty good about adjusting his sleep according to his daily schedule changes. These days, he has an 8:00 am college class on Mondays and has to be up by 6 a.m., so he is in bed at about 10 p.m on Sunday night. The rest of the week, his classes start later in the day, so bedtime is probably around 11 or midnight. He's often out at clubs on Fridays and Saturdays, playing gigs with his band. He'll get home at 2 a.m. and sleep until 1 or 2 p.m. the next day if he doesn't have to work.

 

DD, 16 y.o., is routinely in bed anywhere from 10 to 11:30 p.m. She is up at 7:00 a.m and off to HS by 8:00 a.m. If she can, she will sleep in later. Typically until 10 or 11 a.m, but sometimes past 12 noon. Most weekends, she won't stay up much later - sometimes midnight or so - unless she has a sleepover with a friend. That happens once a month or so. They will stay up into the wee hours of the morning, watching movie or t.v. series marathons and get up at late the next day - 11 or noon or so. 

post #6 of 11

Most teens need an average of 11-12 hours of sleep n a 24 hour period. And their bodies are geared to fall asleep between 10 pm and midnight so going to bed earlier really isn't that effective.  They need to sleep more in the morning but the most school schedules don't allow for that. High schools around here start at 7:30 am.   Angela had a block schedule in high school and arranged her schedule so she didn't have to be at school until 10 am every other day her junior year and every day her senior year.  She did have a 7th period (drama) after school which went until 4 pm.   Dylan (15, 9th grade) just switched his sleep schedule from 10 pm to 7 am to 10 pm to 9 am.  But then we home school so he doesn't have to be up for school before his body is ready.
 

post #7 of 11

My 15 year old doesn't get nearly enough sleep during the week IMO. She is rarely asleep before midnight, sometimes later if she has a ton of homework, there have been times she went to bed at 3.00 am. I wake her (because there is no way she could get up without being woken) at around 6.15, she has to be out of the house by 7.05. At the weekends she still goes to bed late gets around 12 hours of sleep. She has been know to get home from school and fall asleep on the couch. 

post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 

My oldest (almost 17) is a bit of a nightmare.  He goes to sleep during the week around 1:00.  I wish it were earlier - he is sleep deprived and I do suspect it affects things such as organisation (which he does struggle with).  I think he gets about 6-7 hours of sleep.

 

I had thought my middle was better.  Last year she went to bed around 9:00-9:30 and got up around 6:30.

 

This year (as I just learned) she is struggling with going to sleep before midnight.  Her late night sleep pattern is pretty erratic.  She is spending too much time texting or just watching videos on her phone.   She uses the phone as an alarm clock, so we are going to buy her an alarm clock within the next few days and suggest she leave her cell phone in the kitchen at bedtime.

 

Both my kids tend to sleep in on weekends.  To a degree I think it is healthy, but I also think (particularly with my oldest) that it is messing with his ability to get to have decent 

sleep habits.

 

Just venting - I am not looking for advice. Thanks to everyone for posting when their kids go to sleep and wake up - I have no idea what normal looks like in this regard!

post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by kathymuggle View Post

My oldest (almost 17) is a bit of a nightmare.  He goes to sleep during the week around 1:00.  I wish it were earlier - he is sleep deprived and I do suspect it affects things such as organisation (which he does struggle with).  I think he gets about 6-7 hours of sleep.

 

 

 

It can effect his emotional state too. My DD truly became a different person during the 2 years she was on the 6-7 hour a night schedule (and some nights as little as 3 hours.) She went from driven and optimistic to apathetic and depressed. There were other things going on... age, hormones, poor schooling environment but lack of sleep completely stripped DD of her coping skills. DD healthy, could have handled it all... DD sleep-deprived was overwhelmed and falling apart.

 

Of course, that's not always easy to fix. High schools start early in the morning. The time it takes to do homework can be prohibitive. Teens very naturally struggle to get to sleep before midnight even with a good diet, exercise and limited distraction. Sometimes, we're limited in alternatives. 

 

Anyway, just something to keep in mind if you notice a shift in behavior with either of your kids. It might not just be "the age." Could be lack of sleep.

post #10 of 11

My 15 year old goes to sleep around 11 most school nights and is up at 7 for school. I do think she needs more sleep -- she tells me she's tired, and I think her stress levels escalate when she's not adequately rested. She also, I've noticed, tends to crave and eat more simple carbs and sweets when she's tired, which just adds to the problem. But, like most folks above, her schedule of school, after-school sports, homework and a very serious hobby/career aspiration make her a busy girl. I'd love for her to get to bed at 10, which she did last year, but this year in high school it just seems impossible.

 

I think she would do much better on 10 hours of sleep than 8, and 10 is what her doctor says she should be getting -- I'm just not sure how to make it happen. She sleeps in until 10 or so on weekends -- she's never really been a late sleeper, but this year she's sleeping later when she can.

post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by Mirzam View Post

She has been know to get home from school and fall asleep on the couch. 

 

Yes, I should have mentioned that it's not unusual for DS or DD nap for a half-hour or hour during the day. It might happen once a week or so in the late afternoon or early evening. 

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