Is sleep a ‘magic pill’ for teen wellness in a mental health crisis?
(Asher Lehrer-Small/ The Guardian) — When parents tell Denise Pope, an adolescent well-being expert, they’re worried for their children’s mental health, she responds with a question.
“How many hours are they sleeping?”
Concerns for youth depression, anxiety and suicide have risen amid a deadly pandemic that disrupted schools across the country and isolated teens from their friends. Experts agree that consistent, sweet slumber can go a long way toward making many students feel better – but research suggests teens are skimping on this vital resource, and the problem has only worsened with Covid-19. (…)