Researches at Idaho State University have found that insomnia could be a predictor of alcohol and substance abuse in adolescents.
The scientists analyzed data from 6,504 adolescents who participated in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health and determined that adolescents who experienced poor and insufficient sleep were more likely to report drug and alcohol addictions later on. Insomniacs typically reported alcohol abuse one year after the sleep difficulties began, and drug and nicotine addictions were reported an average of 3.5 years after the onset of sleep problems.
"This study has added to the existing literature by establishing the relationship between two sleep variables — sleep difficulties and hours of sleep — and the odds of serious alcohol- and drug-related problems in a nationally representative sample," said Maria M. Wong, professor and director of experimental training at Idaho State University, in an official statement.
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