Poor Sleep Leads To Risky Behavior

by Vishnuprasad on  January 21, 2015 at 8:48 PM Research News   - G J E 4
A new study monitoring sleep in teenagers has found that a lack of it can directly increase risky behavior.
Poor Sleep Leads To Risky Behavior
Poor Sleep Leads To Risky Behavior

The study states that sleep doesn't just lead to better health, it leads to better judgement as well. Researchers discovered this from an analysis of survey data taken from more than 6,500 adolescents.

This survey occurred in three waves across the U.S. from 1994 to 2002. Initially, it was found that poor sleep was linked to higher rates of drug and alcohol abuse.

"Teenagers who had trouble going to sleep on a regular basis were 33% more likely to engage in harmful behaviors than those who did not, and a teenager who slept fewer hours would commonly experience issues related to alcohol or drug abuse," states the study published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.

In contrast, the study showed, teens who slept well did not experience this behavior nearly as much.

"It seems that each additional hour of sleep offered some level of protection in the odds of the adolescent engaging in behavior such as binge drinking. This shows that a lack of sleep can be a large indicator of later problems," the researchers explained. 

Source: Medindia

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