Teen insomnia linked to mental health problems

Teens who suffer from insomnia are also at risk of anxiety and depression, a new Australian study suggests.

PhD students surveyed 300 South Australian teens to better understand their sleeping habits, mental health condition and the time of day they were most active.

They found teens who were more active in the evenings were more likely to have depression and/or insomnia.

This group was also more likely to have obsessive-compulsive disorder and separation anxiety, although these disorders often weren’t independently linked with insomnia.

Authors say the findings suggest mental health and activity should be considered in efforts to treat and prevent insomnia and depression.

Read more at University of Adelaide