Earlier bedtimes may lower risk of teen depression

Earlier bedtimes may lower risk of teen depression

Parents, take heed. Letting your kids stay up late might not make them happier after all.

According to recent research, teens with set bedtimes of midnight or later are at greater risk of suffering from depression and having suicidal thoughts than those who turned in before 10 p.m., says James Gangwisch, an assistant professor at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, who led the study.

The flip side: adequate, quality sleep could help prevent and treat depression, Gangwisch adds.


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