Teenagers active in evenings more prone to insomnia

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Sydney: Have you witnessed your teenage son getting more active in the

evenings compared to rest of the day? He may be prone to develop

insomnia in addition to depression and anxiety. Teenagers who are more

active in the evenings are more likely to have depression and

insomnia, research finds. Such people are also more likely to have

obsessive- compulsive disorder, separation anxiety and social phobia.

"Our findings suggest that the 'eveningness' chronotype – being more

active in the evenings – is an independent risk factor for insomnia

and depression," said Pasquale Alvaro from University of Adelaide's

school of psychology. In many countries, nearly 11 percent of

teenagers aged 13-16 years experience insomnia at some stage. Having

insomnia in addition to anxiety or depression can further intensify

the problems being experienced with each individual disorder. "It can

lead to such problems as alcohol and drug misuse during adolescence,"

Alvaro added. To reach this conclusion, Alvaro surveyed more than 300

Australian high school students aged 12 18 to better understand their

sleep habits, mental health condition and the time of day they were

most active. He found that the presence of insomnia was independently

linked with depression, generalised anxiety disorder and panic

disorder among teenagers. The results were published in the journal

Sleep Medicine.

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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