Depression Linked to Bedtimes
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Not only is the idea that older kids need less sleep erroneous, a new study by Columbia University Medical Center finds that teens who don't get enough sleep may be risking their mental health. This first-of-its-kind study examined the effects of bedtimes on the mental health of children and found that teens who stay up after midnight during the week are 42% more likely to become depressed and 30% more likely to have suicidal thoughts than their peers who go to bed by 10 pm or earlier.
"We feel like we can just eat into our sleep time, but we pay for it in many different ways," says James Gangwisch, lead researcher of the study.
The data used in this study comes from National Institutes of Health surveys from 1994 to 1996. But considering the distractions teens face today -- texting, social networking and gaming -- chances are that many teens are even more sleep-deprived than ever.
Research has shown that although teens need as much as nine hours of sleep per night, they generally get only about 7½. How many hours does your teen get?
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