How does sleep duration influence unsafe behaviors of high school students?

Updated: Apr 22

This research examined the reports of high school students regarding their average sleep duration and risk-taking behaviors. Researchers found that youths who reported insufficient sleep were three times more likely to either rarely to never wear a seatbelt while driving or experience mental health troubles, specifically suicidal ideations and attempts. It is important to note that these unsafe behaviors are often precursors to motor vehicle accidents and death by suicide, which are the leading causes of death among teenagers. This research emphasizes the importance of not overlooking the issues of sleep deprivation among youth and the potential ramifications doing so.

Source: JAMA Pediatrics

Weaver, M.D., Barger, L.K., Malone, S.K., Anderson, L.S., & Klerman, E.B. (2018). Dose-dependent associations between sleep duration and unsafe behaviors among US high school students. JAMA Pediatrics, 172(12) 1187-1189. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.2777

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