Entries in Social Environment (2)


Negative Family Relationships Could Be Affecting Your Sleep Patterns, Study Says

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Having trouble sleeping? A new study says sleepless nights could be attributed to social situations or family complications.

The study, led by Jennifer Ailshire, PhD, from the University of Southern California and Sarah A. Burgard, PhD, MD, from the University of Michigan, sought to determine what role social or family circumstances had on sleep cycles using the National Survey of Midlife Development in the United States, according to Medical Daily.
Not too surprisingly, they discovered that those who were more in contact with family were reported to have more trouble sleeping, especially if they were have a negative altercation with said family member. Not getting the emotional support needed from family could also affect sleep patterns.
Corinne Reczek, PhD, from the University of Cincinnati, says that relationships with young children and spouses particularly mold sleep patterns because of the demands of those relationships, Medical Daily reports.
Healthy sleep patterns benefit the body. A lack of sleep could increase the risk of diabetes and obesity. Over 50 million Americans suffer from sleep problems, according to Medical Daily. Understanding the problems with your family could help reduce problems with sleeping.

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Study: Social Environment Plays Role in Gay Teens' Suicide Attempts

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The social environment surrounding gay teenagers could play a major role in whether or not they are more likely to attempt suicide, according to a new study published Monday in Pediatrics.

A researcher at Columbia University looked at nearly 32,000 high school students from Oregon and found that gay teens living in a social environment that was more supportive of their sexuality were 25 percent less likely to try to take their own lives than those living in a less supportive environment.

Heterosexual teens were also found to benefit from their surroundings, with those living in a supportive environment having a nine percent lower rate of attempted suicide.

"The results of this study are pretty compelling," said Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar Mark L. Hatzenbuehler, the researcher behind the study.  "When communities support their gay young people, and schools adopt anti-bullying and anti-discrimination policies that specifically protect lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth, the risk of attempted suicide by all young people drops, especially for LGB youth."

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