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Online Night-Owls 'Risk Mental Illness': Sleepless Nights Blamed for Rise in Teen Depression

Health & Wellness  (tags: Online, mental illness, Sleepless nights, teen depression, internet, health, life )

- 2966 days ago -
Young people who become sleep deprived by using the internet into the small hours are much more likely to become mentally ill in later life, research shows.


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Kaye S (45)
Wednesday September 1, 2010, 10:50 pm
I am glad that they found this out. I hope that it saves some teens.

gail dair (0)
Wednesday September 1, 2010, 10:54 pm
noted thanks

Michael Masley (4)
Thursday September 2, 2010, 1:36 am
noted and thanks

Vukan Simic (121)
Thursday September 2, 2010, 4:56 am
Interesting info, noted, thanks Anna.

Mary Hall (74)
Thursday September 2, 2010, 8:21 am
Sad, but not surprising. I hope some folks change their behavior because of studies like this.

miriam w (17)
Thursday September 2, 2010, 9:32 am
explains a lot about me :)

Judith C (159)
Thursday September 2, 2010, 3:07 pm
depends which websites they are on i guess

Catrina Velez (46)
Thursday September 2, 2010, 7:59 pm
BALONEY!! Just another conformity advocate scheme to make all people get up, go to school or to work at the same time like a bunch of robots marching in lockstep. GIVE YOUR NIGHT OWL FLOWERS!! Nightowls keep our hospitals and emergency services running all night, they play music all night, they correct exams and term papers all night,they do their homework and study for tests all night, they patrol against crime all night, they volunteer for the graveyard shift as military sentries, they park cars in city lots all night, they burn the midnight oil writing poetry and literature, they scrunch over keyboards in newspaper offices, to get the next morning's news written before unforgiving deadlines, they pace the halls of deserted museums, protecting valuable works of art,and they get up at 3am to feed and comfort crying babies. So if your teenager is up all night writing his term paper or prepping for a test. GROWNUPS, stop yer bellyching! He is NOT going to go crazy, not unless he stops studying and uses the night to get high on drugs.

Past Member (0)
Friday September 3, 2010, 12:42 am
Everyone needs proper rest. Without it depression and melancholia can be the result. Known from personal experience. Mind you, being a night person I've learned to nod off................. at any ti...m..e.

mr Crowley (23)
Friday September 3, 2010, 1:24 am
well said catrina!

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Friday September 3, 2010, 5:07 am
I honestly believe this. No routine for the youngsters anymore and no discipline too.

Mark S (0)
Friday September 3, 2010, 10:03 am
Thanks for posting this. I'm a night owl and don't always get enough sleep, so it's good food for thought.

However... I may be misreading it, but it sounded to me like the study wasn't specifically on using the Internet, but was more generally focused on teens who don't get enough sleep: "The study of about 20,000 young people aged between 17 and 24 found that those who slept fewer than five hours a night were three times more likely than normal sleepers to become psychologically distressed in the next year."

The way I read it sounded like the author or other therapists suggested the Internet connection. Now I have no doubt that a major reason why teens aren't getting enough sleep is because they are on the Internet... but perhaps excessive use of the Internet is a symptom of a bigger problem (e.g., not receiving enough attention from parents, too much freedom, etc.).

So maybe the first steps should be for parents to get the Internet out of the kids' bedrooms, download software to limit the amount of time it can be used (e.g., two hours per person per day) and set and enforce a reasonable bedtime.

Joeri V (10)
Friday September 3, 2010, 4:06 pm
thank you

Sandy Nichols (0)
Sunday September 5, 2010, 2:34 pm
If they are on till 1am how would they only be on a total of 7 hours a month. It doesn't make sense.
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