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Lack of Sleep Affecting Your Performance at School?

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Falling asleep on the bus?

Falling asleep on the bus?

Do you stay up all night playing on your computer? Can't stop watching TV or texting friends? Having trouble concentrating at Internationella Engelska Gymnasiet during the day?

Maybe it's time to get an early night once in a while if a new study is to be believed.

It's Important to Get Enough Sleep

Going to bed earlier protects teenagers against depression and suicidal thoughts, a study by researchers from Columbia University Medical Center in New York suggests.

The BBC reported on Saturday that:

Of 15,500 12 to 18-year-olds studied, those who went to bed after midnight were 24% more likely to have depression than those who went before 2200 (BBC)

What's more "those who slept fewer than five hours a night had a 71% higher risk of depression than those who slept eight hours," the journal Sleep reports.

As well as the higher risk of depression, the teens who were set a bedtime by their parents of after midnight were 20% more likely to think about suicide compared to those whose bedtime was 2200 or earlier.

Those who had less than five hours sleep a night were thought to have a 48% higher risk of suicidal thoughts compared with those who had eight hours of sleep.

If that's not bad enough, lack of sleep can, according to study leader Dr James Gangwisch, be linked to poor judgement, concentration problems and poor impulse control.

Get an Early Night

So if you're having problems concentrating in class, focusing on your assignments or feeling a bit down, maybe you should try and get an early night.

You're also encouraged to contact the school Care Team if you're worried about depression, sleep problems or thoughts of suicide.

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