When the Wall Street Journal tackles a topic, people tend to listen. That’s why we’re very happy to see that they’ve devoted some of their online space to an article about a troubling realization — young children who have sleep issues can turn into teens and adults with bigger problems.
The article quotes two studies:
A 2010 study of 392 boys and girls published online in the Journal of Psychiatric Research found that those who had trouble sleeping at 12 to 14 years old were more than two times as likely to have suicidal thoughts at ages 15 to 17 as those who didn’t have sleep problems at the younger age.
And a study of 1,037 children revealed that 46% of those who were considered to have a persistent sleep difficulty at age 9 had an anxiety disorder at age 21 or 26.
As we’ve mentioned multiple times here on SleepBetter, scientists are just now scratching the surface when it comes to understanding sleep. It appears, however, that lack of healthy sleep can at least be an indicator of something more serious.
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