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Teen’s Lack of Sleep May Contribute to Depression

Teenagers' sleep patterns may be a clue to their risk of depression.

Teens are notoriously confounding to their parents, especially their mood swings. This interesting article from NPR sheds light on the relationship between lack of sleep and depression in teens. It also explores the role of media and teen moods.

Here’s an excerpt:

Teenagers who don’t get enough sleep are four times as likely to develop major depressive disorder as their peers who sleep more, according to researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. They tracked the habits of more than 4,000 adolescents over a year.

And already depressed teens were four times as likely to lose sleep. “That’s a pretty strong reciprocal relationship,” says behavioral scientist , the study’s lead author.

A lot of adolescents just aren’t getting as much sleep at they should. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention nine to 10 hours, but 70 percent of high schoolers don’t meet that requirement

In a second study, researchers in Sweden found that lack of sleep and excessive media use were associated with mental health problems in teens.”

Here’s a link to the full story: http://goo.gl/30lQgo

How Exercise Can Help Us Sleep Better

Regular exercise can help us sleep better. But it takes time..

” But, Dr. Baron pointed out, most of these other studies employed volunteers without existing sleep problems. For them, exercise and sleep seem to have a relatively uncomplicated relationship. You work out, fatigue your body and mind, and sleep more soundly that night.

But people with insomnia and other sleep disturbances tend to be “neurologically different,” Dr. Baron said. “They have what we characterize as a hyper-arousal of the stress system,” she said. A single bout of exercise on any given day “is probably not enough to overcome that arousal,” she explained. It could potentially even exacerbate it, since exercise is itself a physical stressor.

Eventually, however, if the exercise program is maintained, Dr. Baron said, the workouts seem to start muting a person’s stress response. Her or his underlying physiological arousal is dialed down enough for sleep to arrive more readily, as it did in the 2010 experiment.”

See the full article here: goo.gl/xEdfy3