Sleep Disturbance as a Predictor of Drug and Alcohol Abuse

A new study published in Sleep Medicine examined sleep disturbances as a predictor for subsequent substance use disorder treatment in primary care. 

The results showed sleep disturbances and mental health disorders, individually and together, significantly predicted future treatment of illicit drug and alcohol use disorders. 

This study highlights the importance of sleep quality in predicting subsequent substance use disorders.  

From a prevention perspective, it suggests the importance of integrating health behaviors such as quality and quantity of sleep in substance use prevention programs for youth and young adults. 

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