Insomnia, Drug Abuse, and Depression in Kids

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It’s not something you like to hear about, but a recent study that you can read about here suggests that adolescents who suffer from insomnia have a higher risk for depression, suicide attempts, and drug use. Drug use, by the way, can be anything from alcohol to cocaine. This is not a surprising finding, and I’ve talked about this in related studies in the past. But it’s scary, especially if you have kids. As overworked and underslept adults I think we can forget that our kids could be suffering from problems with sleep, too. Their lives are equally as busy—and the digitization of life that is supposed to make things easier actually can have the opposite effect.

Warning: Energy Drinks Stealing Sleep and Sanity

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I was surprised to learn that although the FDA limits the caffeine contents of cola-type soft drinks to 71 milligrams per 12 fluid ounces, no such limit is required on energy drinks. And between the lack of information on the label and the lack of regulation, it can be hard to know what’s in an “energy” can. Many people are used to watching their coffee consumption in the later parts of the day if they know it can impinge on their sleep at night. But what about energy drinks? These energy bombs do more than work against sleep; they can cause you to feel anxious, jittery, and wired and tired at the same time.