Adolescents with Chronic Insomnia Report “Twofold to Fivefold” Increase in Personal Problems

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

Documenting a “twofold to fivefold” increase in personal problems among adolescents with persistent sleeplessness, public health researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston say they have completed the first prospective study demonstrating the negative impact of chronic insomnia on 11- to 17-year-olds. The study involved adolescents enrolled in health maintenance organizations who were screened for sleep problems and issues affecting physical health, psychological health and interpersonal relationships at the beginning and end of a 12-month-period. The initial screening was in 2000 and the follow-up evaluation in 2001.

  • More than one fourth of the youths surveyed had one or more symptoms of insomnia and almost half of these youngsters had chronic conditions.
  • Adolescents with chronic insomnia were much more likely to have problems with drug use, depression, school work, jobs and perceived health.

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