Thursday, September 2, 2010

Less Than 5 Hours Sleep Linked To Higher Mental Illness Risk

Young healthy adults aged between 17 and 24 years who get less than an average of 5 hours' sleep each night have three times the risk of developing a mental illness compared to individuals of the same age who sleep eight to nine hours every night, according to a study carried out by the George Institute on Global Health, published in the medical journal Sleep.

Researchers at the George Institute for Global Health carried out a survey involving 20,822 individuals aged 17-24 years across New South Wales, Australia, identified through the state vehicle licensing authority. The study ran for 18 months and revealed a clear link between lack of sleep and mental ill health, the authors wrote.

Lead author, Professor Nick Glozier, said:

The study has revealed a number of links between mental health problems and lack of sleep among young adults." The study, published in the journal SLEEP, also showed that mental ill health is more likely to develop into a chronic problem if a person is sleeping fewer than average hours.

Source and More:

We Never Sleep (Studies in Austrian Literature, Culture and Thought. Translation Series)
Sleep Study

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