Can Sleep Problems in Teens Predict Substance Abuse?

April 17, 2015 12:36 PM

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When thinking about the factors that contribute to teenage drinking and drug use, sleep may not make many parents' lists. But it should. New research investigating the relationship between sleep and substance use among adolescents has found that sleep troubles in teens can predict several problems related to drinking and drug use, including binge drinking and driving while under the influence.

The problems with sleep that predicted substance issues included difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep, as well as insufficient time spent sleeping.

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