Sleep difficulties can be produced by many problems

Sleep difficulties and insufficient sleep are common among American youth. Prior research has shown that poor sleep can predict alcohol-related problems and illicit drug use among adolescents and young adults in high-risk samples. A new study has found that sleep difficulties and hours of sleep can predict a number of specific problems, including binge drinking, driving under the influence of alcohol, and risky sexual behavior in a nationally representative sample.

"Among normal adults, sleep difficulties and insomnia have predicted onset of alcohol use one year later, and increased risk of any illicit drug use disorder and nicotine dependence 3.5 years later," said Wong. "Among adult alcoholics who received treatment for alcohol dependence, those with insomnia at baseline were more likely to relapse to alcohol use. The association between poor sleep and substance use has also been found in younger age groups. Overtiredness in childhood has predicted lower response inhibition in adolescence, which in turn predicted number of illicit drugs used in young adulthood. Overtiredness in childhood has also directly predicted the presence of binge drinking, blackouts, driving after drinking alcohol, and number of lifetime alcohol problems in young adulthood.

"The rate of sleep problems in this sample of adolescents is quite similar to that of adults," added Roehrs, "about 10 percent chronic insomnia and about 30 percent occasional insomnia. This speaks to the underlying biological basis of insomnia. Furthermore, the consequences of sleep difficulty and sleep insufficiency when added to use of alcohol or other substances can impact both medical and behavioral areas. And which is more important depends on whether one focuses on short-term or long-term consequences.

In my opinion all the drugs create a dependence to the person, and ro the brain of the person, in special with the teens, how are the most exposed to the consequences of this products, because their brains are still growing. So their mind feels that they need more if they want to feel good, and if they don't get it, they won't feel complete, and at the time that they need to sleep, it will be a problem because their mind is still asking for it.

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