A lack of sleep can be a serious health risk and in Australia teenagers are the people most at risk.

Queensland specialists are now adding their warning to many international voices about the potential long-term health risks from a lack of sleep.

Brisbane school girl Rachel Vidler knows this firsthand. Surviving on roughly four hours of sleep each night for two years, Vidler was constantly fatigued. She also found her type-1 diabetes worsening.


With schoolwork, TV, peer groups and smartphones as distractions, many Australian teenagers struggle to get the recommended eight hours sleep. While tiredness and difficulty concentrating in school are some of the immediate effects, in the long term unhealthy sleep habits can lead to a number of health issues. These include:

  • obesity
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • high blood pressure
  • heart disease
  • behavioural problems

According to sleep physician Dr Helen Heussler, teens should develop a strict sleep routine as this helps to set the body clock to a regular pattern. She also advised removing all technology from the bedroom before bedtime.

Source: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/qweekend-health-dangers-arising-from-lack-of-sleep-confront-tired-teens/story-fnihsrf2-1226682074867