It’s still pitch black outside, but you have 12+ hours of schoolwork ahead of you. Your bedroom clock reads 3:00 a.m., your eyes are heavy, and yet you insist on trying to beat the sun at its game. If sleepless nights have become a routine for you, you might be at risk for depression and developing suicidal thoughts, a New York study suggests.
The journal of Sleep reports that teens who get less than five hours of sleep had a 71 percent higher risk of depression than those who get the recommended eight hours of sleep a night. That’s why when we don’t get enough sleep, we become moody, cranky and unable to deal with daily stresses.
How can you break the cycle? You can try creating a schedule in which you’re able to set priorities for your workload and still get adequate amounts of sleep. Getting more sleep at night helps you mentally and physically prepare for a busy week so you can be at your best every day, even if it means you have to sacrifice some of your time with friends or miss one of your favorite late-night TV shows. Also, it doesn’t hurt to have a regular exercise routine. Exercise helps alleviate stress, and allows your brain to produce endorphins, which make you feel good. So get a good night’s sleep as often as you can, to start your day on the right foot.
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Last modified: January 15, 2010