This article is written for women and assumes a male offender, however SECASA acknowledges that both men and women can be survivors of sexual abuse and that offenders can be male and female. Assistant Professor, School of Social Work. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced in any way without the publishers express permission.
The Concerning Link Between Inadequate Sleep and Adolescent Substance Use
The Concerning Link Between Inadequate Sleep and Adolescent Substance Use | Nora's Blog, NIDA
Children and adolescents require more sleep than adults. But according to data from the national Youth Risk Behavior Survey , just over a quarter of middle and high-school students Researchers have found striking links between insufficient sleep and a range of adverse outcomes in adolescents, including obesity, poor school performance, and behavioral problems including substance use. For instance, a longitudinal study of youth average age A recent analysis of data on eighth graders from the and Fairfax County Youth Survey—an annual survey of middle and high school students in one of the largest school systems of the country—clearly showed that shorter sleep duration correlates with higher incidence in several risky behaviors. For example, students who reported getting 6 hours of sleep per night were three times as likely to have initiated drug use than those who got 8 or 9 hours of sleep per night. Given this striking correlation, it is important to study the neurobiological mechanisms that link insufficient sleep and substance use.
Do Teen Sleep Deprivation and Drug Abuse Go Hand-in-Hand?
If you are concerned that a child is a victim of abuse, you may not be sure what to do or how to respond. Child sexual abuse is a crime that often goes undetected. You might notice behavioral or physical changes that could signal a child is being abused. Some of these warning signs include:. If you are concerned about abuse, talk to the child.
Content warning: This story is about child sexual abuse. It may contain graphic descriptions and strong language, and may be confronting and disturbing. If you need help, please see support services.