A recent study, conducted by a group of researchers has suggested that healthy sleep patterns and sufficient sleep can positively influence the mental health condition in teens. As families settle back into a new school year, sleep experts at the University of South Australia are reminding parents about the importance of sleep among teenagers.
While sleep is essential for all, it is particularly important for teenagers as they undergo various changes, both physical and social, along with other developmental changes. Research shows that teenagers need at least eight hours of sleep each night. Lack of sufficient sleep may result in poor coping skills, such as dealing with bullying or social pressures. They may also develop behavioral problems, as well as anxiety and depression.
The World Health Organization (WHO) suggests that while half of all mental health diseases start by age 14, most cases go undetected and untreated. Overuse of technology, like watching television or excessive use of mobile phones can also result in mental health issues. Thus, to make a difference in teens’ mental health, both parents and medical practitioners must understand the significance of sleep within the concerned age group.
To Know More, You May Refer To:
Alex Agostini, Stephanie Centofanti. Normal Sleep in Children and Adolescence. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 2021; 30 (1): 1 DOI: 10.1016/j.chc.2020.08.0111
- Agostini, A., & Centofanti, S. (2021). Normal sleep in children and adolescence. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 30(1), 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chc.2020.08.011