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Insomnia ups depression among teens


Going to bed earlier at night can protect teenagers against depression and suicidal thoughts, a new study finds.

Latest figures have revealed that teenagers on average sleep for seven hours and 53 minutes at night, an amount which is much less than the nine hours recommended for youngsters at that age.

According to the study published in Sleep, teenagers who ‘usually get enough sleep’ are 65 percent less likely to become depressed.

Those going to bed after midnight are 20 percent more likely to develop depressive symptoms and think about suicide compared to those whose bedtime was 11 pm or earlier.

Compared to those who slept for eight hours, teenagers who slept for less than five hours were at a 71 percent higher risk of developing depression. The risk of suicidal thoughts was also 48 percent higher in these individuals.

The study also revealed depression and suicidal thinking to be more prevalent among girls, older teenagers and those with a lower self-perception about how much their parents care about them.

Scientists said lack of sleep affects emotional brain responses, leading to moodiness that not only influences one's judgment, concentration and impulse control but also hinders one's ability to cope with daily stresses.

Source: presstv.ir

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