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Exhausted Teen? It’s Probably Social Media, Not Hormones

Adolescents and teenagers seem to be tired all the time. Getting them up in the morning for school is a task, they sleep all day, then they seem to be up all night. Today’s adolescents and teens face more pressure than in previous generations, prepping for their resumes at earlier ages by taking on multiple extracurricular activities. When an adolescent or teen develops a chemical dependency problem with an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, their exhaustion doubles. Masking hangovers, withdrawals, and constantly running from the truth of their addiction can be exhausting in addition to their failing mental, physical and spiritual health. What our teens do in the night is a question that keeps many of us up, especially when our teens are not home. After we see our teens go to bed, and we see them wake up exhausted in the morning, we find ourselves still curious. Do they use and drink at home? Do they sneak out and come back? Youth Studies has published new research which indicates that along with probable causes of exhaustion for our addicted teens, social media may be the culprit. Learning how social media and teens connect to one another and how the use can relate to their substance abuse allows parents and loved ones to properly care for their teens. 

Exhaustion, Social Media and Teens

One in five teenagers between the ages of 12 to 15 years old use social media in the middle of the night. Waking up to go to the bathroom, have some water, or just restless sleep, teenagers are turning to their phones to mind their time. Problematically, the blue light behind the screens of their technological devices is activating and stimulating their brain in a way that mimics daylight. Daylight, or synthetic daylight, reduces the brain’s production of melatonin. Melatonin is an important hormone in the brain for sleep as it dictates the natural circadian rhythm- when the sun sets and the day becomes night, for example, melatonin starts to produce, indicating to the brain it will soon be time for sleep. Additionally, multiple studies have found that the brain gets another dose of stimulation from the anticipation and validation of likes, comments, and other forms of positive feedback on social media. Social media can become a compulsion, before and after addiction or addiction treatment. Is it possible for the compulsion to check in and engage with social media is waking our teens from their sleep? Quite possibly. For parents, collecting phones at bedtime can be a helpful tool in helping to further form the adolescent brain for good habits in sleep and mental health. Online bullying, photoshopped images, and other triggers have proven to be harmful to adolescent mental health.

Turn to Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center for Treatment

At Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center, every client becomes a loved member of our family. Our remote location in beautiful Mississippi offers the distance and privacy adolescents need to fully recover from drug and alcohol addiction. We understand how social media and teens relate and how it can negatively impact their mental health and energy levels. Through our range of therapies and programs, we are able to provide adolescent males with the care they need to recover and live happy healthy lives. Some options for treatment include the following:

For information on our treatment programs and detox services, contact Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center today at 662.373.2828. Our team is ready to help you and your family learn more about social media and teens along with how substance use can negatively impact your teen as well.