More active in the evenings can mean you're more prone to depression

A recent study shows that teenagers who are more active in the evenings are more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety. This is due to the insomnia that they suffer from due to their evening activities. Researchers say that around 11% of teenagers between the ages of 13 and 16 will suffer from insomnia at some stage in most countries.

The study was carried out on more than 300 students aged from 12 to 18 and was conducted by the Adelaide University School of Psychology. They surveyed the student to see what their sleep habits were like, and what time of the day they were most active as well as their mental health condition at the time.

The results from the study imply that teens who suffer from insomnia or who struggle to sleep for as long as they need to are more likely to develop depression or experience or intensifying of pre-existing symptoms.

Pasquale Alvaro from the university said “Having insomnia in addition to anxiety or depression can further intensify the problems being experienced with each individual disorder. It can lead to such problems as alcohol and drug misuse during adolescence”.

Alvaro also stated that these results are extremely important findings as teenagers prefer being more active in the evenings as this is when they are able to relax after school or college and like to socialise with their friends. This means that they are delaying their sleep and shorting the hours of rest that they get.

"Based on our evidence, we believe that prevention and treatment efforts for insomnia and depression should consider this combination of mental health, sleep, and the eveningness chronotype, in addition to current mainstream behavioural approaches. Prevention and treatment efforts for anxiety subtypes should also consider focusing on insomnia and depression."