A study in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research has found that adolescents with bad sleep habits were “more likely to engage in risky behaviour in the years to come than those who slept soundly.” Poor sleep in teenage years, while not a definitive indicator, may serve as a potential warning sign for drug and alcohol abuse in the following years. American scientists followed over 6,500 teens, tracking sleep patterns, drug use, and alcohol use for almost 10 years. Teens who had trouble sleeping at least once a week were more likely to take illicit drugs, binge drink, and engage in sexual behaviors that they regretted; teens who had trouble sleeping almost every day were 33% more likely to experience these problems. While we have long known that sleep is important to our physical and mental well-being, it is clear that sleep also helps to determine your susceptibility to other problems as well.
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