Is day sleeping good for health?
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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. -- Insomnia, found to be prevalent among teens, appears to increase the risks of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)-like symptoms, psychiatric disorders and other health problems, according to a study by researchers at RTI International.
"We found insomnia to be common and chronic among adolescents," said Eric Johnson, Ph.D, RTI's principal researcher for the study. "That's a significant concern. Insomnia isn't just about a lack of sleep; it reduces teens' cognitive function and performance and indicates an increased risk for depression and substance abuse."
The research funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health and published in the February issue of the journal Pediatrics is one of the first studies of the lifetime prevalence of insomnia among adolescents.
Almost 11 percent of the more than 1,000 13- to 16-year-olds studied suffered from insomnia, with the ons ...more