Student Well-Being

Study Links Teen Depression to Later Bedtime

By Catherine Gewertz — June 10, 2009 1 min read

When research echoes common sense: A Columbia University team has a new study out that shows that teens whose parents enforce a 10 p.m. bedtime on weeknights are much less prone to depression and suicidal thoughts than those who stay up until midnight.

Nothing shocking in that, right? But just try it. You got teenagers? I do. Two of ‘em. And laughter is the only response I can muster when someone suggests to me that they should be in bed by 10. I know, I know. It would be better for them. But just try making it happen more than a few times a year. And write to me if you manage to do it.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the High School Connections blog.