London: Teenagers who get a good night`ssleep are less likely to use drugs, a new research suggests.
"Therefore, when parents, schools and law enforcementwant to look for ways to influence one outcome, such as druguse, our research suggests that targeting another behaviour,like sleep, may have a positive influence," said leadresearcher Sara Mednick. Asserting that there were many ways to promote healthysleeping habits, Mednick from the University of Californiasaid: "Take the TV out of the child`s bedroom, limit computerand phone usage to daytime and early evening hours, andpromote napping." The researchers also found that getting little sleep andusing drugs were habits that "spread" through a teenager`sfriendship groups. Teens were more likely to suffer from sleep deprivationif their friends did, or even their friends of friends did,said the findings published in the journal PLOS One show. "This is our first investigation of the spread of illegaldrug use in social networks, and we believe it is also thefirst study in any age population on the spread of sleepbehaviours through social networks," Mednick said.PTI
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