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More Than a Nap: Poor Sleep May Increase Chances of Suicidality in Teens

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More Than a Nap: Poor Sleep May Increase Chances of Suicidality in Teens

When you wake up, how do you feel? If you’re like me, you probably feel like you want to go straight back to sleep at first, but as you wake up, that slowly evaporates and you feel ready to conquer the day (with maybe a power nap somewhere in the afternoon). But for teens, that’s not usually the case. They wake up at the crack of dawn, then go to sleep late into the night–possibly even the early, early morning. Sleep deprivation in teens has become so normal that it’s rarely talked about anymore–but now new research has linked it to another problem facing this age group: suicidality in teens.

How sleep deprivation is linked to suicidality in teens

In a recent study reported in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, researchers discovered that young adults who had issues sleeping had a higher chance of experiencing suicidal thoughts.

suicidality in teensSuicidality in teens is a much larger issue than many parents believe. Statistics show that suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth aged from 10 to 24. Obviously, this means that it’s critical to be able to recognize signs of suicidality in teens in order to stop it more effectively.

This new study is showing that sleep deprivation or issues may be a red flag that parents need to watch for.

By monitoring the participants’ sleep, the researchers found that those who had greater variability in their sleep had a greater chance of having suicidal thoughts 1 to 3 weeks later. Greater variability also meant a higher chance of insomnia and nightmares–which are independent predictors of suicidal thoughts.

Sleep and mental health are tied together

This isn’t the first study to show that sleep and mental health are connected. Many studies have shown that poor sleep is either a symptom or cause of issues. Sleep issues can be caused by anxiety, depression, and other issues–but it can also trigger or worsen existing problems.

The point is that sleep is an essential part of mental health. We need it to function and we, as a society, need to stop treating it like it’s optional.

If you believe your son or daughter is struggling with suicidality in teens or other mental health issues, it’s critical to reach out to a professional for guidance.

ViewPoint is here for your family

ViewPoint Center is an assessment center for teens, ages 12 to 17. At ViewPoint Center, we provide treatment through superior assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and stabilization–all in a personalized environment for your child in crisis. We strive to provide the best help for troubled teens through the most efficient and effective methods available. Our goal is to help your child through this hard time.  

Before ViewPoint, families are often frustrated and lost. Varying doctors and therapists with a range of advice, diagnoses, and plans leaves parents and children unsure of where to turn. At ViewPoint, we centralize all of the different diagnoses, and create a comprehensive report for you and your family to get back on track. Let us help you.

For more information about how we treat suicidality in teens at ViewPoint Center, contact us today at 801-825-5222.

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