Sleepy Teenagers Are More Likely To Become Criminals
Adolescence is a roller coaster ride, we all know that: from the sudden growth spurts to the hormones kicking in, our bodies undergo so many changes it's hard to keep up. It's also super tiring, which is why it's so important to get some good rest.
And after the latest scientific discovery, we definitely want our teens to get a good night's sleep: apparently, being sleepy as a teenager leads to a higher probability of criminality in later life.
The study, called Adolescent daytime sleepiness as a risk for adult crime, showed that sleepy adolescents were more likely to behave in an anti-social way, and were also much more likely to become criminals by the age of 29.
101 15-year old school boys were questioned on their level of sleepiness, and their behaviour and attention span was then measured by teachers.
The researchers then found that out of the sleepy ones, 17% had committed and been convicted for violent crime in their later life. One of the researchers Adrian Raine links this to the effect that sleepiness has on the brain:
"Daytime drowsiness is associated with poor attention. Take poor attention as a proxy for poor brain function. If you've got poor brain functioning, you're more likely to be a criminal."
Well what an interesting discovery - and what an excuse to get that extra sleep on the weekends! If science says it, it must be true.
By Sophie Tobin, published on 03/02/2017