Sleepless Nights Could Explain Teen Depression

Saturday 4th September 2010

Teenagers who stay up late at night surfing the internet or using social networking sites could be risking their mental health, according to a new report published in the journal Sleep. Australian researchers believe that sleep deprivation could explain the rise in teen depression.

Researchers studied the sleeping habits of 20,000 young people aged between 17-24 years old and found that teens who slept under five hours a night were three times more likely to develop a psychological problem than untroubled sleepers.

Experts explain that as the average teen is thought to send to spend over six hours a month on social networking sites alone, with many more hours spent on online gaming, which could distract teens from going to bed early and gaining healthy levels of sleep.

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