Turns out, booze puts teens at insomnia risk

ANI | Updated: Nov 12, 2017 13:09 IST

Turns out, booze puts teens at insomnia risk .

Washington D C [USA], Nov 12 (ANI): It may be considered as one of the most common "sleep aids" people employ to help them drift off at night, but according to a recent study, alcohol can actually be a roadblock to good sleep in teenagers .

The Rutgers University-Camden research linked insomnia to frequency of alcohol use among early adolescents">adolescents .

"Parents, educators, and therapists should consider insomnia to be a risk marker for alcohol use, and alcohol use a risk marker for insomnia, among early adolescents">adolescents," wrote researcher Naomi Marmorstein .

Marmorstein examined the associations between alcohol use and four sleep-related issues: initial insomnia; daytime sleepiness; sleep irregularity, defined as the difference in weekday and weekend bedtimes; and disturbed sleep, characterized as nightmares, snoring, sleepwalking, wetting the bed, and talking in sleep .

When sleep problems were found to be associated with frequency of alcohol use, she examined whether symptoms of mental health problems or levels of parental monitoring accounted for these associations .

The research focused on seventh- and eighth-grade students participating in the Camden Youth Development Study, an initiative funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health . The study examines the development of mental health problems and resilience among at-risk youth .

Youth completed questionnaires in the classroom that asked how long it took for them to fall asleep, what times they usually went to bed on a weekday and on the weekend or vacation night, how often they experienced sleep disturbances, and whether they ever fell asleep in class or had trouble staying awake after school . They were also asked the frequency of any alcohol use in the previous four months .

In addition, students answered questions which were used to assess depressive symptoms, as well as evidence of conduct disorder symptoms .

Teachers also completed questionnaires, which were analyzed to determine the presence of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms .

Overall, there were associations between alcohol and both insomnia and daytime sleepiness . Importantly, Marmorstein determined that symptoms of mental health problems and parental monitoring did not account for the link between insomnia and alcohol use .

She said that these findings indicate that insomnia may be a unique risk marker for alcohol use among young adolescents">adolescents .

The study is published recently in the journal Addictive Behaviors . (ANI)