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What causes tiredness with sleepy mood?

My son is 13. He s recently been very tired, wanting to sleep all the time. He says he feels fine, that he s not depressed, etc. He s generally in a great mood, but just unusually tired. My husband thinks he s going through a growth spurt. Should he be seen by his doctor?
Wed, 11 Sep 2019
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Neurologist 's  Response
Hello,

Well, growth spurt is possible for age 13 but I don't think that has much to do with excessive sleepiness. On the other hand, teenagers do tend to get a number of hours of more sleep especially LATER teen years when they are not FORCED out of bed due to school issues.

College kids have more liberty to get up later and so they do since many do need to get more sleep.

If you believe there is a CHANGE in the amount of tiredness/fatigue your son has (and I tend to believe moms' intuitions) there's nothing wrong with having him evaluated first by his pediatrician and then if necessary a consultation with a sleep specialist or neurologist interested in sleep disorders.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Dariush Saghafi, Neurologist
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