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Teens’ sleeping patterns a clue to mental health risk

The sleeping patterns of teenagers can provide a clue to their longer-term risk of developing depression or bipolar disorder, say scientists.

Erratic sleeping patterns were an often overlooked feature of “basically all mood disorders and all psychiatric disorders”, explained Naomi Rogers of the University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Research Institute.

“In people who develop depression, often you can trace back and find they have had early sleep disturbance,” the Daily Telegraph quoted Rogers, as saying.

“We know that disturbed sleep occurs in basically all mood disorders and all psychiatric disorders, and the more disturbed sleep patterns are we tend to see worse mood symptoms.

“But whether (disturbed sleep) is an early sign, or risk factor, we are not yet sure,” she said.

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