Falling in love for the first time can hit young people like a ton of bricks. But what effects does falling in love have on the sleep pattern of teens? According to a recent study in Switzerland which involved 107 adolescents with a mean age of 18 years (60 of whom had recently fallen intensely in love and 47 were single/not in a long-lasting relationship), found that teens in the early stages of intense romance experienced behavior similar to hypomania with shorter sleep, experience less daytime sleepiness and improved concentration. The results suggest that while there is no known cure for love, teens should not expect to loose too much sleep over it.

J Adolesc. Health 2007 Jul; 41(1); 69-76; Epub 2007 Apr 12

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