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How to Motivate a Teenager to Wake Up

by Jaimie Zinski

Your teenager's unwillingness to rise out of bed in the morning might have less to do with a lack of motivation and more to do with his internal clock. The Mayo Clinic suggests a teenager's internal clock is affected by puberty, meaning he often doesn't tire until much later at night. The process of successfully rousing your teenager in the morning begins with helping ensure he gets an adequate night's rest.

Adjust your teenager's bedtime. According to the National Sleep Foundation, teenagers require between eight and nine hours of sleep in order to remain productive. Help your teenager fall asleep faster by limiting his caffeine intake before bed, removing the television and providing him with a quiet environment and a comfortable bed.

Check on your teenager throughout the evening if you suspect he's not going to bed at a reasonable hour. Provide consequences, such as loss of privileges, to a teenager who is unwilling to follow the house rules. Contact a physician if you're concerned with your teenager's inability to fall asleep at a reasonable hour. The issue might stem from a diagnosable sleep disorder, such as insomnia or obstructive sleep apnea.

Locate the most irritating alarm clock possible and install it in your teenager's bedroom. Resist the temptation to shut if off and instead allow it to blare on until your teenager finally rouses and shuts it down himself. If your teenager still won't rise, set the alarm clock five minutes ahead and move it onto a dresser or desk across the room, making it necessary for your teenager to emerge from bed to shut it off.

Maintain a similar sleep schedule every day. The Kids Health website reassures parents it's acceptable to allow teens to sleep an extra one or two hours on the weekend, but no later. Any later in the morning or into the afternoon could seriously affect a teenager's sleep schedule.

Provide your teenager with a reward system for waking up without assistance. For instance, provide him with extra access to the car or use of a cellular phone if he rouses on his own for two weeks straight. Remove the additional privilege or reward if your teenager falls back into unhealthy sleep habits.

Items you will need
  • Alarm clock

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