Check out this report on a study that links teen depression to lack of sleep.
I’m wondering if the same holds true for adults, and if there have been any studies on that. My bet is “yes” to both questions.
Head researcher James Gangwisch summed it up nicely: “We feel like we can just eat into our sleep time, but we pay for it in many different ways.” Duh.
Amen to that! Though I’m not a teen, I feel the truth of his statement every morning. Actually, I feel it every afternoon to on my way home from work–and that’s not a good time to “feel the truth” of lack of sleep.
The article also points out that compared to even ten years ago (heck, try five) teenagers today (and, by extension, adults) have more distractions tempting them to stay up later, such as Facebook and text messaging.
This article has profound implications for parents and non alike.
Question for parents: do you have a bed time for your teenager? If so, how do you enforce it, and if not, why not? Do you think school start times should be pushed back?
HT: Albert Mohler