Study from Journal Sleep show teens with insomnia can be depressed and abuse substances
Teenagers that have insomnia have an increased risk of developing substance abuse problems and depression in both adolescence and young adulthood, a recent study from, Journal Sleep has found.
The study clearly showed that adolescents with insomnia were also at an increased risk of thinking about and attempting suicide, and that the use of cannabis, alcohol, and the use of other drugs such as cocaine can increase.
The research conducted involved almost 4,500 adolescents that were between the ages of 12 and 18 years of age at the beginning of the study, and almost 3,600 young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 years were included in a six-to-seven year follow up.
The studys findings revealed that those adolescents who had symptoms of insomnia were over 2 times more likely to get depression in early adulthood than adolescents without any symptoms of insomnia.
Also to note, the insomnia group was more likely to use cannabis, alcohol, and also non-cannabis drugs. they were more likely to suffer have suicidal thoughts, as well as suicide attempts, even after excluding participants who suffered from these specific psychopathologies at baseline.
Independently of the adolescent and teens insomnia status, males were significantly more likely to use alcohol, increase cannabis use, and also the use of other drugs, while females with insomnia were twice as likely to develop depression.
Previous research in study of adults has found similar results, stated principal investigator and lead author Brandy M. Roane.