Omaha: Teens getting less sleep; linked to mental illness

Nov 3, 2017, NBC6 Omaha: Lack of sleep for teens becoming a “public health epidemic” Teens just aren't getting enough sleep. This according to a local psychologist who has studied sleep patterns for years. Brett Kuhn at UNMC tells 6 News that not only is the lack of teen sleep becoming a major health concern but it could lead to a whole new generation of mental health problems. "It's getting to be a public health epidemic it's so bad," Kuhn said. He explained that the current generation of teens is getting less sleep than most generations of the past. "Sleep debt is a real thing."… New studies are quickly showing that bipolar disorder...schizophrenia and severe anxiety can all be traced back to sleep deprivation. "We used to think that mental health problems caused insomnia or caused sleep problems but now the evidence shows that the arrow goes both ways." According to Kuhn there haven't been many long-term studies to show just how detrimental sleep debt could be for teens. He fears the negative results may not be noticeable for years if not decades.