Sleep problems in adolescence

J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 1992 Jan;31(1):94-9. doi: 10.1097/00004583-199201000-00014.


A sample of 943 adolescents from the general population were questioned about sleep problems. A quarter of the sample reported needing a lot more sleep than they previously had, and 10% of the sample complained of difficulty falling asleep. Adolescents reporting sleep problems showed more anxious, depressed, inattentive, and conduct disorder behaviors than those who had no (or only occasional) sleep problems. Sleep problems, particularly multiple problems, were associated with DSM-III disorder. There were no significant differences between male and female adolescents on any of the above measures. Finally, sleep problems were relatively persistent over time from ages 13 to 15.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Affective Symptoms / epidemiology
  • Affective Symptoms / psychology
  • Arousal*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • New Zealand / epidemiology
  • Personality Development*
  • Sleep Wake Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Sleep Wake Disorders / psychology