A recent study published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research explains that sleep can be an early predictor of teen behavior. It has long been said that lack of sleep can be linked to a variety of physical, mental, and emotional issues, but it is now believed that teens who exhibit poor sleep at least once a week are more likely to abuse alcohol or drugs. Researchers utilized data from 6,500 teens across the U.S., tracking sleeping patterns, drug use, and drinking habits:
“Researchers found the worse the sleep, the more teens’ odds rose. For those that had difficulty falling asleep every night, their odds of developing an alcohol addiction rose to 33 percent.”
Teens are recommended to get between 9 and 10 hours of sleep. If you are worried that your loved one may be suffering from an alcohol abuse or addiction, you can contact a professional for more information.
Click here to read the full article by Natalie Shoemaker for Big Think.