Adolescents with chronic social and emotional problems may be suffering from insomnia. This according to a recent study coming out of The University of Texas.
The study found a 2 to 5 times increase in social and emotional problems in teens exhibiting signs of chronic sleeplessness. More than one fourth of the students between the ages of 11 and 17 showed signs of sleep loss with half showing chronic signs and symptoms based on the criteria set by the DSM IV.
The study was a large on, following more than 3,000 children for over a year. The next time you treat a young adult, inquire about their sleep habits and how rested they feel. It may be contributing to making their adolescence harder than it needs to be.