Across all age groups, poor sleeping patterns have been linked to poorer current and future mental health.
In 2017, VicHealth commissioned the Sleep Health Foundation to conduct a rapid review of recent research in the areas of:
- population-level sleep patterns
- the evidence for how these patterns affect mental wellbeing
- the role of lifestyle factors in sleep disturbances
- effective behavioural interventions to improve sleep in young people.
The review related to Australian and Victorian populations in general, but where possible attempted to draw out specific evidence and conclusions relevant to young people (adolescents and young adults between the ages of 12 and 25).