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uit: Lack of sleep linked to mental illness in young
YOUNG people who get very little sleep are much more likely to become mentally ill, Australian research shows.
Lack of sleep might help explain the puzzling increase in mental illness among young people over the past decades, said research leader Nicholas Glozier. He said late-night internet use might be one reason young people were sleeping less.
The study of nearly 20,000 people aged 17-24 found those who slept less than five hours a night were three times more likely than normal sleepers to become psychologically distressed in the next year. Each hour of sleep lost was linked to a 14 per cent higher risk of distress.
''Sleep disturbance and in particular insomnia is a predictor of later development of depression and possibly anxiety,'' said Professor Glozier.
Sleep problems and mental illness could exacerbate each other. ''What we are seeing is young adults who tend to start off with anxiety and body clock problems, move on to problems like bipolar or major depression.''...