Podcast- The tired teen

Drs. Kardos and Lai advise parents on what they can do for their tired teen. Although we all enjoyed an hour’s extra sleep this past weekend with the resetting of the clocks, many teens are back to their “usual” sleep deprived state. Listen here to find out how to help reset your teen’s internal clock, and what  to consider when you have a tired teen.


Julie Kardos, MD  and Naline Lai, MD

© 2009 Two Peds In a Pod

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  • Reply Anonymous March 15, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Drs. Enjoyed the pod cast. But my teen is stubborn and won’t listen to all these suggestions. BTW I discussed all these talking points with him prior to listening to your podcast. If you have a stubborn teen who thinks he has a handle on his circadian rhythm when he doesn’t what should I do? He has already missed school a few times because he stays up too late and then comes home from school and naps through dinner and then gets up at 10:00 PM to shower, eat and start homework. He says he works best when he follows this crazy schedule. What is a mother to do?

  • Reply Two Peds in a Pod March 15, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    We appreciate that sometimes teens simply don’t listen to parents.

    Try sitting down WITH your teen and make a list of what your teen NEEDS to do in life.

    General goals for most teens include: working hard in school, forming meaningful relationships with friends and family, and being a productive part of society. Ask your teen if he is meeting these basic goals and does he want to meet them. 

    Because we don’t know your child, consult with your child’s health care provider or a therapist who can help you and your teen sort out how to achieve his goals. The issue may be more than just not wanting to sleep at the appropriate time.

    Julie Kardos, MD and Naline Lai, MD

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