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Lack of sleep ups mental illness risk - September 5th 2010, 10:23 AM

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New research suggests young people getting less than five hours sleep per night are tripling their chances of developing a mental illness.

The George Institute for Global Health surveyed almost 20,000 Australians aged between 17 and 24 for the research.

Researchers found those sleeping fewer than five hours a night are three times more likely to become mentally ill than those sleeping for eight or nine hours.

The results, which appear in the journal Sleep, also linked sleep deprivation with cardiovascular disease and weight gain.

The study's lead author, Professor Nick Glozier, says the average amount of sleep for a young adult is eight to nine hours a night.

But he says that has been decreasing, especially over the past decade.

"Over the past few decades young adults have been sleeping fewer and fewer hours, whereas the rest of us ... have generally been sleeping more hours," says Glozier.

"There's a whole bunch of gadgets that kids and young adults now have in their bedrooms that they never used to have."

"Yet of course they've got to get up and go to school or go to college or go to uni at exactly the same time.

"So there's a group of them who are becoming more and more sleep-deprived."

The researchers also found over half of those who reported getting fewer than six hours sleep per night had high levels of psychological distress compared to about one quarter of those sleeping eight to nine hours a night.

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Glozier says it is important to prevent mental health problems where possible.

"It's those chronic mental health problems when you're an adolescent or you're a young adult, that lead on to the more important adult forms of the disorders, like major depressive disorder or bipolar disorder," he says.

"So if we can do something around that group of people when they're beginning to become chronic, or preventing those chronic, persistent problems then we may have a really good target for an early intervention."

Dr Patrick McGorry, a professor of youth mental health at the University of Melbourne, believes the study highlights the effects of disturbance in chronobiology - the timing of biological rhythms.

"It might be a very important marker or risk factor that we can actually measure and help us with identifying people who are at particular risk for these problems," says McGorry.
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Re: Lack of sleep ups mental illness risk - September 5th 2010, 11:10 AM

I'm not surprised at all. My mental health actually seems to revolve around sleep and my sleep patterns.
   
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Re: Lack of sleep ups mental illness risk - September 5th 2010, 01:32 PM

having less than 5 hours (on average, some need more or less) a night consistantly can also damage one's health, and lack of sleep will destroy your concentration, and have similar effects to drunkenness.
   
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Re: Lack of sleep ups mental illness risk - September 5th 2010, 04:20 PM

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I'm not surprised at all. My mental health actually seems to revolve around sleep and my sleep patterns.
Mine has a lot to do with sleep also. I remember I had a really really bad sleeping pattern two years ago. I slept in the day mostly (not many hours either) and I was REALLY depressed :/


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Re: Lack of sleep ups mental illness risk - September 7th 2010, 08:24 AM

No wonder I'm fucked in the head...
   
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Re: Lack of sleep ups mental illness risk - September 7th 2010, 08:34 AM

See, I started having problems with mental health BEFORE I started having erratic sleeping patterns, and my sleeping patterns aren't always LESS hours. o_O;

So this article could ring true, but I don't have any personal experience with this.


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Re: Lack of sleep ups mental illness risk - September 7th 2010, 03:22 PM

I have always had irregular sleeping patterns. I also have mental illnesses. However, mental illnesses run in my family, and so I attribute it more to a genetic predisposition than I do a lack of sleep. With the said, though, I do find that my emotional state quickly begins to deteriorate if I do not get an adequate amount of sleep. While I don't believe that my mental illnesses were caused by this in the first place, I do agree that it tends to aggravate symptoms.

I wouldn't be surprised if this article was true, because as Invert says, a lack of sleep can have other detrimental effects on your overall health.
   
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Re: Lack of sleep ups mental illness risk - September 7th 2010, 04:14 PM

Craaaaaaap. LOL. I need moar sleep..
   
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