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Does more sleep equal less depressed teens?

Did you find that your teen was less moody and less depressed over the winter holiday break? Was it because he or she was sleeping in and getting more hours of sleep?

A new study released in the Jan. 1 issue of the journal Sleep found that teens were far less likely to suffer from depression or have suicidal thoughts if they got more sleep.

WebMd reports on the study:

“Adolescents who reported they usually sleep five or fewer hours per night were 71% more likely to report depression, and 48% more likely to have thoughts of committing suicide, compared to young people reporting eight hours of sleep nightly, the study shows.”

“James E. Gangwisch, PhD, of Columbia University Medical Center in New York and his colleagues collected data on 15,659 adolescents and their parents who had participated in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, a school-based sample of students in seventh to 12th grades, between 1994 and 1996.”

“The researchers say lack of sleep …

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