Sleep-Deprived Teens More Likely to Be Depressed

Now there are more reasons for your teen to sleep early – a new study shows that teens who stay up late night are at high risk of being depressed. This study was conducted by a team of researchers lead by James Gangwisch at Columbia University Medical Center. This is the first study to examine the effect of sleep on the kids’ mental health

Pre-school and high-school kids whose parents do not require them to be in bed early are 42% more likely to be depressed that the kids whose parents require them to be in bed by 10 PM or earlier. Teens who are allowed to stay up late in the night by their parents are 30% more likely to be suicidal.

The study analyzed the survey which included  15, 659 teens and their parents, who particpated in the National Institue of Health (NIH) study. According to the survey, the parents who made their teens sleep early made them go to bed by 10:04 PM and these teens had an average of 8 hours 10 minutes of sleep. In contrast, the kids whose parents allowed them to stay up late got only 7.5 hours of sleep.

The lead researcher, Gangwisch opines that parents should tell their teens the importance of getting proper sleep. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), teens need about 9.5 hours of sleep daily.  Although teens may neglect their sleeping hours, it can result in negative consequences such as depression and suicidal thoughts.

This study shows the importance of ensuring that teens get enough sleep daily. Parents should take steps to make sure their teens sleep early to prevent the negative consequences of sleep deprivation.

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