Teen sleep deprivation is an epidemic across the country. Nearly 9 out of 10 teenagers get well below the recommended 8 to 10 hours of sleep. Not only is sleep deprivation a threat academically, it’s also a threat to the overall wellness of an adolescent. Not getting enough sleep can lead to an increased risk for anxiety, depression, and many other mental health issues.
Being lonely could cause sleep loss
We already know that feelings of loneliness can lead to mental health issues like depression, but it seems that it can also be linked to young adult and teen sleep deprivation.
In a recent study conducted by King’s College London, researchers found that people who were lonely were nearly 25 percent more likely to feel exhausted or have issues concentrating throughout the day.
The effects of loneliness haven’t been as extensively researched in young people as they have been in older people–this is an issue because young people frequently struggle with being lonely, but we aren’t fully aware of the issues that can cause.
The study looked into over 2,200 youth. They studied the participants ability to fall asleep, stay asleep, and how many times they woke up during their sleep cycle.
A researcher in the study, Timothy Matthews, explained some findings in the study:
“We also found that past exposure to violence exacerbated the association between loneliness and poor sleep, which is consistent with the suggestion that sleep problems in lonely individuals are related to feeling unsafe…It is therefore important to recognise that loneliness may interact with pre-existing vulnerabilities in some people, and that these individuals should receive tailored support.”
This study has brought us much closer to understanding the relationship between feelings of loneliness and teen sleep deprivation. Knowing this information can help in creating new ways to intervene early and effectively.
If you believe your son or daughter is struggling with a mental health issue, it’s incredibly important to reach out to a professional for further guidance.
blueFire Wilderness can help your family
blueFire Wilderness is a wilderness therapy program for teens. We help troubled teens, ages 11 to 17, grappling with depression, ADHD, addiction, teen sleep deprivation, defiance, and other emotional or behavioral problems. We understand that this is a difficult and confusing time for the whole family, but we’re here to guide your teen.
At blueFire, we strive to help each client find their inner confidence and succeed. We believe that through a balance of self-assessment, insight oriented therapy, outdoor living, adventure activities and academic focus these teens will find their true selves. We provide a supportive opportunity for parents and children to reconnect and strengthen their relationship.
For more information about how we can help with teen sleep deprivation at blueFire Wilderness, please call 1 (844) 413-1999 today.