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[Background Information:] Sleep deprivation is directly linked to the deficits in an individual’s emotional regulations. Most of the adolescents, who experience NSSI, actually do so to regulate their emotions. [Methods:] To evaluate the existing relationship between sleep deprivations, adolescent?s mood disorders and NSSI, this study adopted a qualitative research evaluation approach with the help of self-report online questionnaires that were administered to a representative sample of respondents in China ranging between 12 to 19 years. [Results:] The research found, whether the sample respondents reported engaging in NSSI and finally, emotional or mood disorders witnessed among the adolescents. The perceived “insufficient sleep” was directly linked to the NSSI engagement and the emotional or mood disorders witnessed by adolescents. Additionally, the mediation interventions or analysis strongly revealed that the mood disorders experienced by the adolescents contributed to their NSSI engagement and perceived “insufficient” sleep. The final results of this research study go a long way in revealing that the “sleep” deprivation witnessed by the adolescents may eventually result in risks for NSSI engagement through mood or emotional deregulation.
[Limitations:] This study adopted a cross-sectional research design that presented study limitations in its ability to predict the future NSSI engagement among the adolescents. Moreover, due to the COVID-19 ?Corona? a respiratory disease and a global pandemic, it was not feasible to find a large sample population. Due to this fact, the research only utilized findings sought from (n=40) respondents. [Conclusions:] The findings presented in this research study go along way in suggesting that insufficient sleep may eventually confer to increased risks for engaging in NSSI through mood dysregulation. Moreover, intelligence gained from this paper may contribute towards the development of treatment and prevention strategies for engaging in NSSI in the adolescents.
Key Words: NSSI engagement, insufficient sleep, sleep deprivation, emotional disorders
According to (Carskadon, 2011), the sleep experienced by adolescents has loosely been described as a “Perfect Storm.” This is mainly attributed to the fact that night time is the period in which they experience numerous psychological and biological changes in their bodies. This biological transformation is the main reason why adolescents experience less sleep as they are expected. A recent opinion poll that was conducted in the US, aimed at studying the sleeping patterns among adolescents. The findings from the opinion poll go a long way in revealing that most of the young individuals in their adolescence progressively get less sleep during the night during the biological transformation from the childhood stage to the adolescence period. Ideally, the opinion poll also revealed that the adolescents reported an average of 8.4 sleep hours while at 6th grade to 6.9 sleep hours when they reached the 12th grade.

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