Psych Central –
Teens who get very poor sleep may be more likely to struggle with poor mental health later in life, according to a new study published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.
Researchers from the University of Reading, Goldsmiths University of London and Flinders University analyzed self-reported sleep quality and quantity from teens and found a significant relationship between poor sleep and mental health issues.
They discovered that among the 4,790 participants, teens who experienced depression reported both poor quality and quantity of sleep, while those with anxiety had poor quality of sleep only, compared to those who didn’t report anxiety or depression.
“This latest research is another piece of evidence to show that there is a significant link between sleep and mental health for teenagers,” said Dr. Faith Orchard, a Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at the University of Reading. “This study highlights that those young people who have experienced depression and anxiety had overwhelmingly experienced poor sleep during their teens.”
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