‘I can’t sleep’- Teenage Insomnia.

Many teens don’t get enough sleep, usually because they’re busy and tend to skimp on sleep. But sleep problems can keep some teens awake at night even when they want to sleep. Over time those missed sleeps lead to sleep deficit, which affects the concentration level and mental abilities of the teen. Parents, especially in Asia, tend to turn a blind eye on their kids’ mental conditions, blame them instead of helping them get out of the unhealthy pattern, which just worsens the mental problem till the point the child’s emotions just break and then they get blamed for being cold. A truly vicious cycle that parents and the education system seem to enjoy because that is the only valid explanation on why measures had not been taken to help teenagers, who all are, to put it clearly, suffering and they haven’t been taught to pay taxes yet. One major reason for teenage insomnia from hormones turning into chronic insomnia is the education system. The school expects the child to attend six hours of school, complete over five hours of homework, study for pop quizzes, class tests, complete projects of an average of 14 hours within two days, participate in co-curriculum education, attend extra classes, sometimes go to institutes, if the parent has already carved the profession of the kid on stone, consuming more than eighteen hours a day, without including showering, eating, hobbies and social activities, and simply recommends eight-plus hours of sleep, firmly believing that either a day has some 34 hours or that mental issues don’t exist and can under no circumstances affect the students. That thinking is not very correct. That can be seen in the high numbers of teenagers developing chronic insomnia. Most of the time, teens or the “hot-blood” of the society try to deal with their issues themselves, just like they seem quite open-minded to LGBTQ+ and are probably the only ones not shouting at fast-food chain workers for getting an order wrong. However, worrying about insomnia can further worsen insomnia as people would just lie in bed stressing about how to sleep instead of sleeping. By some, insomnia in teens, though not bluntly ignored, isn’t taken seriously, which is quite worse than the other attitude towards it.

Insomnia can, and does, often lead to depression and self intrusive thoughts because of the vicious culture mentioned earlier. The teenagers of this generation are our future and if they keep struggling like that, the said future doesn’t seem so bright- full of hunched shoulders, tired eyes, and no will. It is about time education systems and parents around the world realize that teenage insomnia must be taken seriously and they must adapt themselves to help the teenagers.