Teen Depression and Sleep

Friday, April 09, 2010

Teens whose parents let them stay up after midnight on weeknights have a much higher chance of depression than teens whose parents enforce an earlier bedtime. Dr. Edward Hill discusses a study on teen depression and sleep in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Adolescents whose parents set earlier bedtimes are significantly less likely to suffer from depression or have suicidal thoughts compared to youngsters who go to bed later.

Youngsters in the study whose parents set bedtimes of midnight or later were 24 percent more likely to suffer from depression and 20 percent more apt to have thoughts of suicide, compared to youngsters with earlier bedtimes.

This suggests sufficient sleep may offer youngsters some protection from depression and thoughts of suicide.

Adolescents who reported they usually sleep five or fewer hours per night were 71 percent more likely to report depression, and 48 percent more likely to have thoughts of committing suicide.

The study examined 15,000 adolescents from the seventh to 12th grades. The average sleep duration of participants was 7 hours and 53 minutes.

The researchers say lack of sleep may produce moodiness that hinders the ability to cope with stresses of daily life, harming relationships with peers and adults.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.