Saima Akbar and Colleagues Publish a Novel Theoretical Model about Youth Sleep and Anxiety

Dr. Dana McMakin
Congratulations to Saima Akbar and coauthors for this recent publication based on Saima's masters work entitled:

Sleep to Internalizing Pathway in Young Adolescents (SIPYA): A proposed model

This theoretical model aims to explain some of the neural pathways that link sleep disturbance with escalating internalizing symptoms across adolescence. Specifically, Akbar et al. argue that sleep disturbance around the onset of puberty can interrupt intrinsic brain network dynamics (e.g. .default mode network) and put youth at risk for worsening repetitive negative thinking and internalizing symptoms.

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