Adolescent sleep, risk behaviors, and depressive symptoms: Are they linked?

Keryn E. Pasch, Melissa N. Laska, Leslie A. Lytle, Stacey G. Moe

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Objective: To explore how weekday and weekend sleep patterns are related to adolescent substance use, depressive symptoms, and school truancy. Methods: Self-report surveys of 242 youth (93.4% white, mean age 16.4 years). Results: Longer weekday sleep duration was inversely associated with depressive symptoms, past month alcohol use, and drunkenness. Later weekend bedtime and wake-times, compared to those of weekdays, were associated with increased substance use and truancy. Conclusions: Weekday sleep duration appears to be protective for substance use, depression and school truancy for teenagers. However, inconsistent sleep patterns between weekdays and weekends were associated with a range of markers for adolescent risk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-248
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican journal of health behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2010


  • Adolescents
  • Depressive symptoms
  • Risk behaviors
  • Sleep


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