Does anyone else's teenage daughter complain about being tired all the time?

Bec - posted on 03/23/2010 ( 28 moms have responded )

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hey, my daughter is 14 and for the last few months has being complaining that she's tired like all the time. I've taken her to the doctor and had blood tests and they all come back fine. has anyone else had this problem? any advice?

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Christy - posted on 05/11/2013

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Hi everyone, I have a 15 yr old daughter, that is just so tired all the time lately. Like for example today, She woke up about 9;15 this morning, but let me say this first she fell asleep last night at 9 pm. So 12 hours, Well she was fine, until about 3 ish, and she just got soo sleepy, and was falling asleep in the car on our way doing other errands. I haven't taken her to the doctor yet, just thought I would ask what y'all think?. I have been reading what everyone has written, and noticed this is sounding pretty familiar to everyone who has a teenage daughter. This past week, she did have a few State tests to take. She is doing excellent in school, hasn't been bad at home either. Really nothing else has changed other than she is so sleepy! Any advice?
Christy

Marisa - posted on 05/14/2013

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Hi, im marisa. I am 14 years old. I noticed that all of your comments are almost all the same. About your daughter sleeping and you dont know why. Well hey take some advice from a 14 year old. Most of the time im always sleeping, it has nothing to do with being sick or anything. Like seriously were teenagers, let us sleep. If you haven't noticed most teenagers spend time texting, eating, and importantly sleeping. My dad is alwayse getting after me for aleeping so much, but my mom understands, she always says "come on babe, remember whaen we were her age we were always sleeping". In conclusion just let your daughter sleep and enjoy being a teenager, but just incase, still take her to a doctor incase im wrong, im a teenager i inderstand what its like, hope my advise helps :)

Pamela - posted on 10/03/2013

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my daughter was 18 in July and over the past few years has always been tired. There was an incident which meant trips to a psychotherapist but she is at University now and everything seems to be goin well, apart froom the tiredness. Blood tests all back clear too - surely this can't just be hormones? She takes 40mg of Fluoxitine per day. She also fels hers arms and hands are so week, she drops things, spills things - I am at my wits end as to how to help, especially now she is away from home :-(

C - posted on 04/06/2014

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My 15 year old complains she is tired constantly! She has to get up at 5:30 for school. She plays a spring sport and it is even worse now that she stays after school until 5 pm for practice for that sport. She is an excellent student, but I am noticing some grade "slipping" since sports started. She spends most of her time in her room either sleeping or doing homework. I miss her, to be honest! Any time I try to have a conversation with her now she jumps all over me.

Gabika - posted on 09/13/2012

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The same for our daughter-sleeping after school,tests negative. Today I know she was bullied.

Even doctor asked her about it on our first visit,she didn't admit it. You just have to ask the right question. In my daughter's case it was because of her birthmark on her face,that we had to remove it after kids gave her hard time. She is a really pretty girl,but today we are dealing with her anxiety and depression. She is 15.

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Amanda - posted on 05/31/2014

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Hi everybody,
I'm a mom responding to the " what is healthy to snack on?" question.
I hav a 14 year old daughter with the same issues.
We discovered two thins that have helped so far. One is an air purifier. Sounds so simple but the negative ions and the cleaner air have lived her spirits and help her to sleep. Two- We found an amazing product called Ruby Rocket's. They are Fruit and Veggie popsicles with Probiotics. I found them on the O list and had seen them on so many mommy blogs I had to try them. They are simply that healthy smoothie you try and sneak veggies into- but in popsicle form-. zero added sugar, like 35 calories and as close to a perfect grab and go snack there is. One of the flavors is Strawberry, carrot sweet potato and beets. Sounds odd but they are absolutely delicious.
My daughter takes one to school every morning and has them after school too. Now
she's also eating those seaweed snacks. So now that we've got the snacking down we're going to naturopath and Edgar Cayce remedies.
Good Luck everyone!

Jordyn - posted on 05/24/2014

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Hi guys, I'm Jordyn! I'm 14 years old and am always tired. I started to notice that I was getting more and more tired, but I don't know why. My schedule has changed a lot since elementary school. I used to get up at 7:30 am, but now since I'm in middle school, I have to get up everyday at 5:30 am. That's not really fair to us. Also, I have so much homework that I can be up until 1:00 in the morning doing it. This is probably why your son(s)/daughter(s) are so tired all the time. We try to stay up as long as we can and as soon as we get home or it reaches a certain time, we fall asleep which seems unusual, but is normal. Our bodies are trying to catch up with sleep. This might be the answer to your questions.

Akira Ty'chara - posted on 05/23/2014

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well you should try to speed more time with her try to take her to more places she like then maybe you tell her how you feel then maybe she well realize that you have been wanting ti speed more time with her so try to do that then text me back

Akira Ty'chara - posted on 05/23/2014

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yes my daughter to she is so crazy she complainind about everthing i just dont no what to say to her no more i try to talk to her all the time i ask her dad to do the sane thing but she just do what she want and i dont like that so i need help can you tell me what can i do so she can stop acting like this thanks

Gemma - posted on 04/13/2014

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I used to sleep for about 12 hours and still be tired! i started taking iron tablets and vitamin b complex tablets, and eating a lot more protein, and the problem went away not long after. It seemed A LOT worse in the winter months... could be something to do with the weather?

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My daughter said the same thing. The naturopath suggested food allergy testing..which is a blood test. Turns out she had high intollerance to eggs and all dairy. Took her off that and two years later she competed on the varsity gymnastics team. Huge difference. Traditional drs don't know about food allergies.

Theresa - posted on 12/20/2013

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When I was 15 I was always tired, and slept a lot! Same with my children. So, aside from the burden of stress they carry. Such as, school, sports, chores, etc. Your muscles and bones are still growing and developing as well. With sleep our body's heal, and allows our minds to sort out and make sense of our daily lives. And, don't forget that old adage "I will sleep on it" still holds true even today.

Mary - posted on 11/20/2013

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Maybe she doesn't sleep well at night because she naps after school. If my daughter naps, she's up half the night.

Mary - posted on 11/20/2013

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I'm worried about my daughter. She's 5'5" and weighs 95 pounds. Lately after eating she becomes lethargic. Just wants to sleep. She's fine before the meal. I took her BP and it seems low at 92 over 58.

Fran - posted on 05/31/2013

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My daughter is 15. I was beginning to get very worried about her sleeping ALL the time, until I read this forum. She's 5'3 and 105 lbs. Her new thing these days is no appetite. When she eats, SHE can eat. But nothing appeals to her. Started her on a multi-vit. It sounds like a right of passage from this forum. I just cant believe how much she's sleeping. She comes home from school, sleeps til 6....gets up, does her homework, eats (if she's hungry) and lately going to bed around 9. Is this a growth spurt? Her physical is due next month - maybe he can give me some insight into all this sleep.

Karen - posted on 02/04/2013

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No. My daughter (15) doesnt eat particularly well but never says she's tired. Sometimes she does have a long sleep of 12 hrs. I think teenagers sometimes need to recharge as they are constantly studying

Have u spoken to Dr about stess. this can often mentally drain you

Try not to worry

Wendy - posted on 01/05/2013

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My daughter will be 14 this month and for the past week all she has done is sleep off and on. We went to her doctor and when he checked her BP it was 90/70 which is low for her. He sent us to the ER for an ECG which showed PVC and substantial p-p intervals. Not sure what that means but now her BP is 86/49 and they don't seem concerned? She wakes up for brief periods and goes back to sleep. Her colour is very pale and she is weak. Feeling frustrated that they aren't doing more.

Karen - posted on 11/03/2012

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yes your daughter seems to have the same problem as ours. Feeling tired and complaining about feeling fatigued, Al our test have come back fine. Maybe its just teenage girls

Christina - posted on 03/11/2012

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change her bed time. make her go to bed a little earlier then she normally would. and if she hasnt got her period yet, that could have someting to do with it too. i noticed my daughter wanted to sleep more just before she started hers

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My sixteen year old is always tired, and can sleep for hours, during the day. I took her for a check up, and she was ok. I later noticed she has a lot of late night calls and texting. We are working on sleep by time, which is resisted on the grounds that she is on holiday (she is in a boarding school). I will try the muti-vits and see if that helps.

Lynn - posted on 11/22/2011

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try a multi-vit and/or B-12. Always check w your doctor. But yes my 14 year old naps often after school, she also does not sleep well through the night. the teen yrs.

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I agree with the other posts on growing and hormones. If this has not helped and she is still tired, does she keep her cell phone on at night. I found mine was getting calls during the night. not long conversations, just text waking her up. She turns it off now, she understands she needs the rest.

Anne Marie - posted on 05/21/2010

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Guess what teenagers produce more melatonin in their blood stream which enhances sleep. I think the body does this because of the need for extra sleep dudring these developing years. If you are an adult who can't sleep the doctors often recommend Melatonin to help you sleep, a natural ingredient. To be used with caution in younger children and teen who don't sleep though as they don't know the long term effects of too much or too soon.

Bec - posted on 04/20/2010

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thanks for your replies, I think it could be hormonal and teenagers. my daughter has started to take multi vitamins (when she remembers!) she hasn't complained as much just lately. haha yeah it is hard to tell her to eat the proper foods without feeling like I'm preaching to her! I started a food diary so she could actually see how much good food she's eating as well as how much crap she's eating! hopefully it will help her to better choose healthier options especially when she's feeling a little tired.

Christine - posted on 04/20/2010

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Both our older ones ages 15 and 12 have had periods of that also. Blood work was fine...and they both take a multi vitamin a few times a week. I notice it the day after a party or other event where they eat alot also. So we have had conversations about moderation and what is healthy to snack on...without being preachy!!!

Kimberly - posted on 04/06/2010

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Yeah, Bec, my daughter will be turning 14 soon and she too complains of being tired all the time. She's in good health and gets a decent amount of sleep at night but still says shes so tired. I think it's the hormonal "stuff" that's going on. I'm surprised your daughter's doctor didn't mention that as a likely cause. Hormones really take a lot out of teens physically (and of course emotionally!). I wouldn't worry about it unless you see other things happening with it that could indicate something much more serious (depression, etc.). I allow my daughter to have a short cat-nap when she gets home and that seems to help a lot. But I do think they all eventually adapt to the bodily changes and it sort of evens out as they get into their older teen years.

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