Depression in Teen Girls May Be One of the Negative Effects of Teen Sleep Deprivation
With technology today, getting enough sleep can be difficult. There are constant distractions available to prevent us from getting the recommended eight hours a night. Many people watch TV in bed or scroll through their phone before turning out the lights. Which studies have shown makes it more difficult for you to fall asleep. Teens especially need a good night sleep to help their bodies and brains develop healthily. The negative effects of teen sleep deprivation can be detrimental to the overall well-being. A recent article by Reuters reveals that depression in teen girls may be one of the negative effects of teen sleep deprivation.
In previous studies it has been found that the correlation between the negative effects of teen sleep deprivation and depression were not evident in just insomniacs or depressed people. It was also found in healthy, young women. To test this theory, researchers studied 171 female college students for two weeks. To evaluate them they started with an in-person questionnaire assessment of anxiety and depression levels and continued with daily self-reported measures of mood and anxiety. The women also reported on their total sleep time, time they fell asleep, and ratings of sleep quality each night. At the beginning of the study, researchers calculated that a third of the women scored in the “at risk” range for depression and 17 percent had clinically significant anxiety.
The researchers concluded that on average, the women rated their sleep quality as fairly good. The women typically slept for seven hours and 22 minutes each night, taking 21 minutes to fall asleep. Women who averaged less sleep per night over the course of the study, reported greater depression symptoms or inability to enjoy pleasurable things.
The negative effects of teen sleep deprivation can create general distress. Due to this, it can increase sleep deprivation by making it harder to fall asleep and decreasing the quality of sleep. The study found that higher levels of depression symptoms came before a night of increased time to fall asleep, shorter total sleep time, and poorer sleep quality. If the negative effects of teen sleep deprivation are connected to mental health issues, treatment for depression and anxiety can improve sleep quality.
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Solstice East is a residential treatment center for girls, ages 14 to 18, grappling with teen depression, anxiety, trauma, and other emotional or behavioral issues. We strive to help our girls lead themselves back onto a path of health and happiness.
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