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For every hour of lost sleep, teens become more likely to commit suicide and take drugs

Teenagers should be getting between seven to 11 hours of sleep, with eight to 10 hours being the current recommendation from the National Sleep Foundation. However, it has been suggested that as many as 69% of high school students get seven hours of sleep or less. Furthermore, close to half [...]

Smoking in your teens may lead to insomnia in your thirties

We already know that the the sleep health of our children influences a number of health outcomes including obesity, alcohol and drug abuse, academic achievement and even risk of self-harm. Now it would appear that unhealthy habits such as smoking may increase the risk of developing insomnia later in life. [...]

What if we let our kids get just one extra hour of sleep?

I've been writing about how early school start times have been harming our children for over five years now. Three years ago, I reported on a study that found making school start times a little later increased academic achievement dramatically. Now it would appear that others are catching on. UK [...]

Teenagers with sleep problems more likely to self-harm

A disturbing study was recently published by researchers in Norway. The study surveyed over 10,000 teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 on their mental health, including sleep duration and quality, and self-harm. 702 of the teenagers reported self-harming, with around half of this group claiming to have self-harmed [...]

Can omega-3 DHA improve sleep and cure insomnia?

Researchers at the University of Oxford have found that higher levels of omega-3 DHA may be associated with better sleep. The study involved 362 children between the ages of 7 and 9. It suggested that those who took a daily supplement of omega-3 DHA (the long chain fatty acid found [...]

Insomnia in teenagers linked to alcohol and drug abuse, sexual regret

It's extremely important that children and teens (and adults!) get enough quality sleep. Sleep deprivation in children, and teens in particular, can lead to a number of health issues and a failure to address sleep issues in childhood can lead to chronic insomnia later in life. Unfortunately, teenagers appear to [...]