Sleep in CF teens

Poor sleep is a known problem in any teen. The most common sleep problem in teens is insufficient sleep – i.e. not enough sleep. Teens on average need 8.5 – 9.5 hours of sleep per night. So for example if you actually fall asleep at 11PM, you need to sleep uninterrupted until 8AM to get enough sleep. Teens who do not get enough sleep on a regular basis usually suffer from fatigue, irritability, poor mood, difficulties concentrating, problems in school, and problems in relationships with friends and family.

Insufficient sleep is even more of a problem in teens with CF. Teens with CF have less time to sleep as much of their day is taken up by therapies and medications. In addition, even when asleep, teens with CF may be more likely to have interrupted sleep because of cough, nasal congestion, stomach problems, and other symptoms as a result of their CF.

Sleep is an essential component of daily living and overall health. It is important for both physical and psychological well-being to have good sleep. If poor sleep is an issue in your life, please speak to your caregiver, parent, and CF medical team to discuss ways to improve it.