Monday, June 21, 2010

College Students

Q. My college student is home for the summer and is sleeping many hours during the day. Should I be concerned?

A. Typically, college students keep very different schedules than the rest of us. It is important to gauge the total number of hours that your child is sleeping. It may be that he or she is not heading to bed until the early morning hours and then is sleeping until noon or time to go to work.

If this is not the case in your home, and you believe your child is sleeping to escape problems or their day, you will want to take a closer look at their physical and emotional well-being. Symptoms that should raise a red flag of concern include a lack of interest in things that were once important to them, isolating themselves from others, or if they appear to be sad or have a depressed mood.

If this is the case, you might want to encourage him or her to make a doctor’s appointment to rule out any medical cause for this behavior. If you are still concerned after a healthy check-up, remember that there may be underlying emotional difficulties that need to be addressed through a conversation with a friend, loved one, or a therapist.

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