One in four teens report stress, according to a new study by the American Psychological Association (APA). Teens report stress levels similar to adults, according to the study, “Stress in America: Are Teens Adopting Adults’ Stress Habits?”
The study, which surveyed about 1,000 teens and nearly 2,000 adults, found that teen report stress levels at unhealthy levels. Stress-induced behavior reported for the teens surveyed included 35% lying awake at night, 26% overeating or eating unhealthy foods and 23% skipping meals.
Forty-two percent of teens reported that they are either not doing enough to manage their stress or not sure if they are doing enough. The study notes the important role of adequate sleep, healthy eating and exercise in reducing stress.
Stress remains a complex and widespread challenge for both teens and adults, and the study suggests that the solution will require a wide range of changes in lifestyle, diet and education. And while the study made no specific suggestions regarding diet, the stress reduction and improved sleep benefits of green tea have been demonstrated in numerous studies. These benefits are due to the presence of an amino acid, L-theanine, which is featured in Taiyo’s Suntheanine.® The study findings can be found at: https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/stress/2013/stress-report.pdf.