January 21, 2015

Sleep problems contribute to substance abuse

If you spend your nights tossing and turning, you may be more at risk for developing addiction. A recent study reported in the journal Alcoholism confirmed this, finding that poor sleep can foretell future issues with drug and alcohol usage.

 “Among normal adults, difficulties in sleep and insomnia have predicted onset of alcohol use one year after the sleep problem erupts, higher risk of any illicit drug use disorder and dependence on nicotine 3.5 years later,” said Maria M. Wong, director of experimental training at Idaho State University.

The study examined over 6,500 teens, and found that trouble sleeping, as well as sleeping for too few hours, predicted future use.

 “This research is crucial in that it advances our understanding of the relation of sleep to substance use problems to include not only problems sleeping, that is, trouble falling asleep and/or staying asleep, but also insufficient sleep, addressed here as hours of sleep,” said Tim Roehrs from Henry Ford Hospital.



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