The University of Pittsburgh determined that teenagers whose parents had some form of insomnia were more than twice as likely to have experience insomnia themselves.
Dr. Xianchen Liu, who is the leader of the study, said that the results indicate that a history of chronic insomnia in parents is not only associated with elevated risk for insomnia in teens, but it is also associated with elevated risks for an extensive range of other mental health problems, substance use and teen depression and teenage suicide. Family sleep intervention programs may be very important to decrease risks for sleep disturbance, enhance sleep quality, and reduce suicidal behavior in adolescents.
The study also showed that teens who parents had insomnia were more than likely to use hypnotics -- which are drugs inducing sleep -- and also complain of sleepiness than teens whose parents were insomnia free. Other teen insomnia treatments. More.
Further studies are required to examine how and also the extent that genetic and environmental factors interact in determining sleep disturbances as well as psychopathology among teenagers.
Insomnia in teens is a classification of numerous sleep disorders in which a person experiences fatigue, has trouble falling asleep, waking up too early, or problems staying asleep.