21 Jan Ditching Sleep Deprivation: Suicide Risks in Teens
Sleep is a critical component necessary for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Overtime, studies have shown that sleep problems increases the likelihood and intensity of suicidal thoughts or actions. The teenage years present themselves as a time in which staying up late/pulling an all-nighter has no consequences. “What’s one more video game?” and “It won’t hurt to watch one more episode” are two late night thoughts that your teen probably experiences. However, the effects are not worth the entertainment. Sleeping poorly can result in the following:
- More emotionally reactive
- More inclined toward negative emotions about ourselves and others
- More vulnerable to stress and its physical and mental effects
- Feelings of agitation, restlessness and fatigue
- Less able to practice good judgment
- Less connected to the people around us
- Less able to perform well physically and emotionally
Notice the Nighttime Problem
As a parent, you should observe your child an recognize any signs that may indicate suicidal thoughts. Remember, everyone is different. Not all individuals will talk about or threaten suicide. However, any talk of suicide from your teen should be taken seriously. From there you should help them seek immediate professional, emergency, and/or medical attention. Here are some identifiers that could also serve as warning signs:
- Mood swings, including but not limited to: excessive anxiety, depression, angry outbursts, threats, or hopelessness
- Talk of mental, emotional, or physical pain, a lack of purpose or motivation in life, or feeling like a burden to others
- Withdrawal from relationships and social activities
- Experience of trauma
- A lack of concern for one’s appearance, a new sense of extreme carelessness
- Alcohol and drug use
- Engaging in risky behaviors such as drug use, sexual activity, or illegal activities
- Sudden calmness, after a period of emotional outbursts or mood swings
Turning the Lights Out
Teenagers are teenagers, beyond the point to where we can carry them to bed at night and tuck them in. Well, you could do that, maybe. But then you’ll quickly turn into their worst enemy. There are some effective measures you can take to encourage your teen to turn out the lights. Try these tricks at home and set them up for a good snooze every night:
- Establish a regular bedtime routine that they are expected to follow.
- Set an example. If you stay up late every night, why can’t they?
- Reduce screen time before bed.
- Discourage phones in the bedroom at night.
- No caffeine late at night.
This list is a good starting place for anyone looking to get a better and more restful sleep. These methods also promote the prevention of much serious issues such as suicide risks.
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