It Kills to Not Sleep…Apparently
Does sleep deprivation as a teen cause you to commit a crime 14 years later? According to a study reported by the Daily Mail in London, a professor of criminology, psychiatry, and psychology at the University of Pennsylvania is claiming this fact. Adrian Raine is claiming that sleep deprivation as a teen makes you 5 times more likely to commit a crime as an adult. How he went about testing this hypothesis was that he asked 101 15-year-old boys how sleep deprived they felt on a scale of 1-7 where 1 is very alert and 7 is very drowsy. He brought each boy into his lab and measured their brain-wave activity and he also measured their level of attention to a tone played in headphones they were provided. Per Raine, this was representative of brain-attention function. He also spoke with teachers of the boys and asked them how social they were as students. 15 years later he looked up criminal records of the 101 boys he studied, and 17 percent of them had committed a crime by that point in adulthood.