Poor sleep can escalate suicidal behaviour risk in teens, according to a new research findings. Researchers involved in the research followed the data of participants’ sleep duration, which was then categorized as eight hours or more, seven hours, six hours or less than six hours. Then, they measured against the high-risk behaviors, in the study which was disclosed in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, on Monday.

The research team found a solidest links in relation to mood and self-harm. Teenagers who slept for less than six hours every night were three times more likely to be reported for considering suicide, planning a suicide attempt or even attempting suicide, as compared with teens who did sleep for eight hours or more. Additionally, they were four times more likely to commit a suicide attempt that resulted in them requiring treatment.

The researchers used findings from February 2007 to May 2015 from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, which is a US-based survey exploring behaviors regarding health risks in young adults, and found that over 70 per cent of high school students were getting less than the recommended eight hours of sleep a night.

Instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School and associate epidemiologist in the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Matthew Weaver said that, “Prior reports have documented that high school students who slept less than eight hours were at increased risk of adverse self-behaviors. Our study adds to this literature by using a larger updated data set over a longer study interval and by incorporating more granular sleep information and looking at a wider array of risk taking behaviors.”


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